Covid-19 Information

The impact of Covid-19 on the NZ hospitality industry is significant, if you or your business has been negatively affected then please get in touch with our amazing support team - we are here to help!

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.
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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


INFORMATION ON THE CURRENT ALERT LEVEL

On 16 April the Government released more information on how Alert Level 3 will work.
Full Alert level Details


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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