COVID-19 Employers Wage Subsidy- How to Apply
There is no doubt that the current global situation in regards to the Covid-19 Pandemic is unprecedented, what is clear is that the impact on the NZ hospitality industry is going to be significant, in recognition of this we have compiled a list of resources that you may find helpful.

It can’t be overstated that we truly are all in this together, so please feel free to get in touch with us if you need any further information.

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COVID-19 EMPLOYER WAGE SUBSIDY

The subsidy is designed to support businesses to pay their workers. This is about keeping your team together and keeping them employed while we ride out the storm. Even if your business needs to shut its doors at least you can retain your staff until things improve.
We strongly suggest all food and hospitality businesses apply.

How to apply for the Covid-19 Employer Wage Subsidy


Covid-19 Food Safety

COVID-19 AND FOOD SAFETY

Throughout the outbreak of COVID-19, we are seeing 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.

Full details are available on the MPI website

WORK & INCOME

All New Zealand employers who have been adversely affected by COVID-19 are eligible to apply. The subsidy is paid as a lump sum and covers 12 weeks per employee. If you work variable hours (or your employee does), you can use an average to work out what rate to apply for.

Apply for the Covid-19 Employer Wage Subsidy - Employer
Apply for the Covid-19 Wage Subsidy - Self Employed

COVID-19 PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR HOSPITALITY

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

MINISTRY OF HEALTH - OFFICIAL INFORMATION

Official information on the current situation
https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

BEEHIVE.GOVT.NZ

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

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.

https://covid19.govt.nz/government-actions/covid-19-alert-level/essential-businesses/


MINISTRY OF HEALTH - MENTAL WELLBEING

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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