The pandemic has led to challenges concerning the closure of day-care centers as parents and children remain at home and providers experience financial difficulties.
With New Jersey allowing retail stores to serve their patrons with curbside pickup, Montclair businesses have to plan for the return of their consumer base.
The reopening of non-essential retail businesses also includes stores located at shopping malls, but those stores must adhere to the same guidelines, with only store employees being allowed inside and curbside delivery being provided. The interior areas of malls remain off-limits to customers.
Despite being hit hard by the COVID-19 shutdown, Montclair's South End is still working hard to support the community it serves.
A Montclair company, ArrayMedTech, is donating test kits to the Montclair Ambulance Unit so they can screen workers for the presence of COVID-19 antibodies.
The Federal Government has instituted programs to help small businesses during the COVID-19 crises, but Montclair owners find the process slow and disjointed.
The relaxation of restrictions on home delivery for New Jersey breweries is helping ease the financial strain on establishments like the Montclair Brewery.
Some residents are asking Montclair officials to ban leaf blowers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Montclair Center BID has put together a list of restaurants still open that residents might find useful.