Welcome to the Heights Section of Jersey City, NJ

Coronavirus/ COVID-19

A benefit of having the Special Improvement District (SID) program in place is giving its members a means to share information, network, make collective decisions, and take action. This support system for our main street community has been in place since 1992 and it continues to meet the challenges Central Avenue faces which, as of March 2020, now includes worldwide pandemics.

The safety of our residents, shoppers, visitors, and area employees are of paramount importance. The CASID is closely monitoring the developments surrounding the coronavirus/ COVID-19 pandemic and sharing the information provided by government leaders and medical professionals to guide our SID members. This page was created to help decimate information regarding local efforts surrounding the outbreak.

All In This Together

Central Avenue stakeholders, via their SID program, are coordinating with partners to limit the spread of the coronavirus/ COVID-19. One of our partners, Commercial District Services LLC (CDS), is repeatedly disinfecting and cleaning all touch surfaces in the district since March 16th. This includes parking meters, crosswalk buttons, benches, litter receptacles, and bike racks. These services supplement the efforts by the Jersey City DPW litter patrol who continue to hand sweep public areas within the district. By increasing efforts to better sanitize the district, Central Avenue stakeholders are working together to flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Businesses Keep It Clean

Every business allowed to remain open is asked to do their part to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. If you cannot get disinfectant solutions, please note, soap and water alone is extremely effective to combat coronavirus. There are even online videos showing how to make your own hand sanitizer if needed.

Government Actions

The CASID thanks New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop for their courage and leadership during the pandemic. Local government response to the crisis has been outstanding. The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce announced it's "Buy NJ" campaign, a push to urge compoanies and consumers to shop local busineses.

What Businesses Are Open

Price Gouging

Business Resources

Small Business Loans and Grants

  • Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits through their Small Business Grants Program.
  • Grubhub and Major Cities Across the U.S. Launch Economic Relief Effort up to $100 Million for Independent Restaurants and Delivery Partners Impacted by COVID-19
  • JPMorgan pledged $50 million global philanthropic commitment to support communities and people hit hardest by this public health crisis, including $2 million to existing nonprofit partners and $8 million to assist small businesses.
  • The James Beard Foundation is launching a fund that will be gathering support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need.
  • Opportunity Fund, which specializes in money lending to small businessesowned by women, immigrants and people of color, is collaborating with investors and nonprofits to put together a coronavirus relief fund that will provide grants and low-interest rate loans.
  • GoFundMe.com has launched a Small Business Relief Initiative to help support small businesses and local entrepreneurs facing financial challenges due to COVID19. As part of the initiative, GoFundMe's Small Business Relief Fund will issue $500 matching grants to qualifying businesses that raise at least $500 on the #crowdfunding platform.

Employee Resources

Central Avenue Businesses Doing Their Part

What you can do to help