We have compiled a list of resources on this page that you may find helpful, from learning more about government support packages and specific details of how hospitality businesses are to approach the different alert levels.
The Wage Subsidy August 2021 is a payment to support employers throughout New Zealand, so they can continue to pay employees and protect jobs for businesses affected by the move to Alert Level 4 on 17 August 2021.
You can apply for a contribution towards the wages of your employees (or yourself, if you are self-employed) for a two week period. You can't apply for the same employee twice for the same period.
How to apply for the Covid-19 Employer Wage Subsidy
What the RSP is
Each time the COVID-19 alert level is increased from level 1, the Government may decide to activate the Resurgence Support Payment. It will generally be activated when the period of increased alert level is 7 days or longer, but this is not guaranteed. Once the RSP has been activated it will be available nationally, even if the alert level isn't increased across the whole country.
How the RSP works
A business or organisation must have experienced at least a 30% drop in revenue or a 30% decline in capital-raising ability over a 7-day period, due to the increased COVID-19 alert level.
Once activated any business in New Zealand that has experienced a 30% drop in revenue or capital raising ability over a 7 day period as a result of the alert level increase would be eligible (subject to all other criteria being met).
New Zealand's record keeping requirements are changing for the hospitality industry and others. Check out our post and other links to read more about the new mandatory recording keeping requirements and links to useful resources.
COVID-19 has had a range of important implications for food safety within the food and beverage industry. It is more important than ever that food businesses apply strict food preparation and hygiene practices.
There is separate information for Food Safety at each Alert Level, full details available at MPI via these links:
You may have received many emails from companies giving reassurance that they are still open for business and are taking additional measures to keep everyone safe in these extraordinary times. You may have sent one of these emails out too - if you have a customer email list it is definitely something to consider.
Practical Steps you can take right now
However there is a reasonable chance that your message may be lost in the noise. So taking some visible and practical steps is another approach to reassure your customers and your staff.
Here are some suggestions
The most significant peace-time economic plan in modern New Zealand history to cushion the impact of COVID-19 in the fight to support Kiwis’ jobs and the domestic economy from the virus.
Covid-19 Economic Response Package
Essential businesses, and those that support them, will continue to provide the necessities of life for everyone in New Zealand during Alert Level 4. This means food, medicine, healthcare, energy, fuel, waste-removal, internet and financial support will continue to be available.
We are in uncertain and unprecedented times, and everyone will respond differently to how COVID-19 is impacting them.It’s important not only to look after our physical health but also look after our mental health at the same time. It’s completely normal for people to be feeling a wide range of emotions, including worried, anxious, scared.We are all in this together, and while we might not be able to be physically in touch right now, it’s important to stay connected in other ways.
Taking Care of your mental wellbeing
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