The New Jersey Business & Industry Association conducted a pulse poll over the past weekend, asking both businesses and workers how they feel about vaccination mandates in the workplace. Of the 300 respondents, 84% said vaccinations are not currently mandated for their workforce. Companies said they are also concerned about asking customers to show proof of vaccination and they don’t want to have confrontations.
One big company is taking a unique approach to encourage employee vaccinations. Rather than an outright mandate, Delta Airlines will increase the health insurance premiums of unvaccinated workers by $200 a month starting in November. Delta’s CEO Ed Bastian said, “The average hospital stay for COVID-19 has cost Delta $50,000 per person,” noting, “The surcharge will be necessary to address the financial risk the decision to not vaccinate is creating for our company.”
The state is handing out $20 million in new grants as part of its Sustain and Serve program. That program provides nonprofits with grants to purchase meals from restaurants in order to feed those in need. It also helps support restaurants that have lost revenue due to the pandemic. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority says 29 nonprofits will receive funding. In total, this funding round is expected to cover the purchase of 2 million meals from nearly 300 restaurants across the state.
Disney is closing 60 brick-and-mortar locations nationwide, including four of its remaining New Jersey stores. The only store it will have in New Jersey will be in Elizabeth. The other stores will close by mid-September.