With the impacts of Coronavirus being felt by businesses all over the country, we want to make sure all businesses have access to the right information. We've collated the top resources on this page and will be updating it as new information is available. (Last updated 1 May 2020)
Wellington NZ has established a very informative website with a lot of helpful resources to assist businesses through the lockdown period https://www.wellingtonnz.com/business/
There are two particular initiatives we would like to draw your attention to:
Meal delivery rebate scheme
Hospitality businesses across the Wellington region that are offering meal deliveries in Level 3, are eligible for a rebate of up to $500 per business. You may be eligible to receive a $10 rebate per delivery from WellingtonNZ, up to a maximum of $500 per establishment, to help offset some of the costs associated with using a delivery app company or running your own delivery service. The total fund available for meal delivery rebates is $250,000. In the instance that this is reached before the end of the two weeks, it will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Click www.wellingtonnz.com/business/meal-delivery-rebate-scheme/ for more information on how to access this rebate.
Covid-19 funding for Business Support
Through the Regional Business Partner Network, WellingtonNZ can connect you to professional advice through their COVID-19 Voucher scheme
- Financial advice and planning to help business owners get through COVID-19
- Business advice to help model cash-flow, staffing levels and understand financial plans considering their new business models. This will expand to marketing and legal services in the coming weeks
- One-on-one support and assistance with business continuity issues
- Business coaching to help business owners get through COVID-19
- HR advice to help with decisions regarding employees
Click www.wellingtonnz.com/business/covid-19-funding-for-business-support/ for more information.
What Covid-19 Alert Level 3 means for Kilbirnie businesses
We are now at Alert Level 3 which means that businesses can open but only if the services they provide can be done without face to face contact with customers. You may use this week now to prepare your business to operate under Alert Level 3. If you are working with staff in your business premises, you must observe the 2 metre distancing rule at all times and maintain good hygiene practices.
At Alert Level 3:
- you can sell prepared food and non-alcoholic beverages by contactless delivery and collection (including drive-through).
- you can sell any goods to customers by phone/online order and contactless delivery or collection.
- you cannot open your physical retail storefront to customers unless you are a supermarket, dairy or petrol station.
The decision on whether to move New Zealand’s alert level down to level 2 will be made on Monday 11th May and we will provide a further update that week.
Business.govt.nz have put together guidance providing high-level details on what workplace activities are permitted at different alert levels.
Click on the below links for further information about:
- Guidelines for all businesses
- Questions and answers for all businesses
- Questions and answers for retail and hospitality
- Questions and answers for services
- Questions and answers for employment matters
- How the guidance can be applied in different workplaces
- Workplace premises only accessed by staff
- Workplace premises accessed by the public or customers
- Workers going to customers or a third party premises
- Workplaces with no premises
Support Is Available: COVID-19 Information And Help For Your Business
Where to find help and information
Call the EMA Advice Line on 0800 300 362 for free advice on employment relations and HR matters.
Call the Business NZ helpline 0800 543 543 for advice on contractual and financial matters
The Government has announced an Economic Recovery Package which includes a wage subsidy and leave payments to support businesses – find out more here.
The Ministry of Social Development has hardship grants for businesses and individuals affected by the virus - find out more here.
And here are some printable fact sheets with key information:
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has created a centralised online portal of government information relating to coronavirus and how it may affect your business including information on:Hospitality NZ have guidelines for hospitality businesses https://hospitality.org.nz/news/covid-venue-guidelines
health and safety
exporting and importing
advice for employers
The Ministry of Health is monitoring the situatation closely - find their latest updates here.
If you feel unwell or require COVID-19 health advice and information, contact the Healthline team (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or +64 9 358 5453 for international SIMS.
Banking - Some banks have offered support such as an overdraft facility, suspension of principal loan payments for up to three months, and deferred payment on business credit cards for up to three months.