The new executive order does not appear to change the requirements imposed on essential retail businesses, like new car dealerships. And, again, under this new order, maintaining a social distance and wearing a face covering are still required when in public. Therefore, all of the requirements imposed on essential retail businesses will remain in effect. For dealerships this means:
- Limit occupancy capacity to 50%
- By appointment only sales
- Scrupulous and frequent sanitization of high touch areas of the showroom and service waiting areas
- Sanitization of vehicles before and after service, test drives and upon delivery
Because dealerships are currently operating under the by-appointment-only requirement imposed by Administrative Order 2020-13, it would appear that dealership showrooms will be subject to a more restrictive customer engagement policy than non-essential retail operations. This seems counter-intuitive and so NJ CAR has asked that the by-appointment- only requirement imposed by Administrative Order 2020-13 be lifted, so that dealerships can conduct efficient sales activity at the same level as every other essential and non-essential retail business in the State.
Governor Murphy also announced, yesterday, that the EDA opened up applications for another $45 million in small business grants. The EDA’s Micro Business Loan Program will also offer loans of up to $50,000 for small businesses.
As more information becomes available, NJ CAR will keep you updated on Governor Murphy’s newest executive order and other reopening measures.