Press Release: Great News From the Governor’s Restart and Recovery Advisory Council member Duvi Honig: “More reopening by early next week!” >>

Press Release: Great News From the Governor’s Restart and Recovery Advisory Council member Duvi Honig: “More reopening by early next week!”

Great News From the Governor’s Restart and Recovery Advisory Council: “More reopening by early next week!” 


Residents of Lakewood and throughout the state breathed a sigh of relief when Governor Phil Murphy recently announced the loosening of some lockdown restrictions, such as allowing outdoor gatherings of 25 people and allowing additional stores to reopen. After months of lockdown, business owners and consumers alike are understandably anxious to see the reopening process advance to “Phase Two,” which would allow many additional businesses and other venues to reopen.


Duvi Honig, Founder and CEO of the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce, who is a member of the Governors Restart and Recovery Advisory Council’s Main Street Committee- which is tasked with reopening small & midsize businesses – says that barring any unforeseen circumstances, Phase Two of reopening will be announced by the Governor by early next week. “We’ve articulated to the Governor and his team all the difficulties local business owners face and why the reopening process needs to be simplified and expedited,” says Duvi. “The administration has been exceptionally sympathetic and responsive. They reassured us that they will do so the minute it is safe to do so.” 


Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles, himself a local business owner, has been particularly helpful during this process at both the local and state level. Mayor Coles is a member of the Chamber’s special Restart Advisory Committee, along with State Senator Bob Singer; Toms River Mayor Mo Hill; Berkeley Township Mayor Carmen Amato; Ocean County Freeholder Joe Vicari, Liaison for Business Development; Moshe Kinderlehrer, Publisher of the Jewish Link and community activist; among others.


Since the onset of this crisis, the Chamber and network have been advocating aggressively for the needs of businesses in the state. It has helped many individual businessowners navigate the confusing regulations and reopen in compliance with the law. 


“This is an unprecedented crisis and the public is understandably anxious,” says Mayor Coles. “However, I cannot stress enough that the Chamber and team are here to advocate for you and the Governor’s team has been very accessible and helpful. We look forward to continue being there on behalf of New Jersey’s businesses through the duration of the crisis and beyond.” 


Attention Business Owners: For any questions or suggestions regarding the reopening process, please email