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We are all eagerly waiting to return to regular business and realize it will not be a “normal” summer season. Our business community is strong, and working together, we will get through this.
As we move forward to Stage II of opening, the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce maintains a strong working relationship with NJBIA and the NJ State Chamber of Commerce. We have been, and continue to, participate in more than a dozen meetings a week to lobby for a safe reopening for our members and all small businesses. We will continue to push for the support our businesses need.
On Wednesday, June 3rd, Michele Gillian, Executive Director of Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, testified for a hearing on New Jersey's reopening process hosted by Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick and Assemblymen Antwan McClellan and Erik Simonsen.
Tourism is our #1 industry and the negative impact of the government shutdown of small businesses has been devastating. All the metrics have been met and with our businesses practicing all the recommended safety protocols, our businesses should have the opportunity to open.
It's been a big week and throughout it all, Ocean City and the Ocean City Business Community have really stepped up and shined. As we work to advocate for each and every one of you, we want to thank you for your continued support.
The Chamber staff will continue to be your voice and we are here for you.