As you are aware we are part of the Business Central Chamber of Commerce hub and they have kindly opened up their advice lines to our members, so we are able to call on their significant resources for you at this time.
Please feel free to utilise any of the services outlines in the note below:
New Zealand is now at Level 3 to stop and eradicate COVID-19. This means BCP plans now active, alternative ways of working required and non-essential businesses should close.
In 48 hours we will move to Level 4, and then all businesses will be required to close, unless they are exempted as an essential business. At all levels, health services, emergency services, utilities and goods transport, and other essential services, operations and staff, are expected to remain up and running. Employers in those sectors must continue to meet their health and safety obligations.
The list of an “essential business” this will be announced shortly, and we will publish this list on our COVID-19 website Here.
The Government has also announced that all businesses now qualify for the wage subsidies, and further work is underway on employee and business support.
The BusinessNZ Network is supporting businesses and operating a nationwide Advice Line that is available to all businesses, not just members of the Network:
· Auckland 0800 300 362 (upper North Island: EMA)
· Wellington 0800 800 362 (lower North Island and Marlborough: Business Central)
· Christchurch 0800 50 50 96 (Canterbury and West Coast: Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce)
· Dunedin 0508 656 757 (Otago and Southland: Otago Southland Employers’ Association)
Please call us if you need advice or support.
We also have a facebook group operating with adfvice and information:https://www.facebook.com/groups/1341471212699399
And our other resources available include Employer Guide: Implementing your business pandemic plans [link] and Guide: Working from home policyhttps://www.businesscentral.org.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/189287/COVID_policy_workingfromhome.pdf
This will get harder, but it will get better. Right now our focus is to make sure we keep connected as a business community and that you have the right advice to get through the coming few weeks.
Vicki Lee & Kerri Kirk