Alert Level 4: key business info

Kia ora,
 
Hearing the news yesterday made me realise two things. Firstly I was not really surprised, it feels like we have been incredibly lucky over the last few months with some very real near misses, and secondly that I struggled to remember all of the details associated with operating, or not, at Level 4. This last one actually surprised me given how close I have been to this over the last 18 months and there was a time when I could recite all of the various government initiatives backwards, possibly not the most exciting party trick but useful all the same. To help you reacquaint yourself with the protocols and to access government resources there are some useful  links at the bottom of this page. And, as I have said before if you have any questions, or the support you are looking for is not immediately obvious, please do not hesitate to get in touch. The whole team here at the Chamber is very aware that this will be a difficult time for many people and even though it is all too familiar it can still be hard to deal with.
 
In the helpful news section, yesterday  Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced Government support for businesses and workers following the rise in alert levels.
The measures include:

The Wage Subsidy Scheme (WSS) allows eligible employers anywhere in the country can apply for the WSS if they expect a loss of 40 percent of revenue as a result of the Alert Level increase announced today. The WSS rates have been increased to reflect the increase in wage costs since the scheme was first used in March 2020. Businesses will be eligible for $600 per week per full-time equivalent employee, and $359 per week per part-time employee. The Wage Subsidy will be paid as a two-week lump sum. Applications open on Friday 20 August with the first payments usually available after three days.


A Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) is available if firms incur a loss of 30 percent of revenue as a result of the Alert Level increase. The RSP is worth up to $1500 plus $400 per full-time equivalent employee, up to a maximum of 50 full-time employees (so up to a total of $21,500).

More details on applying for the WSS will be available soon on the Ministry of Social Development’s website, while information on the RSP can soon be found on Inland Revenue’s website. And we will forward the links as soon as we can.

Other existing support for individuals includes the Leave Support Scheme (LSS) and Short-Term Absence Payment (STAP) rates will also be increased in line with the WSS, as each of these payments is set at the same rate:

The Leave Support Scheme (LSS) provides a two-week lump sum payment of either $585.80 per week for full-time workers, or $350 per week for part-time workers, who must self-isolate and cannot work from home. More information is available here.


The Short-Term Absence Payment (STAP) provides a one-off (once per 30 days) $350 payment for workers who must miss work due to a COVID-19 test and cannot work from home. Further information about this payment is available on the MSD website.

In terms of our upcoming events we currently have a watching brief on these and will make a decision after the weekend. Clearly if we stay in Level 4 these will need to be re-scheduled, we will keep you posted. We have decided to delay the release of tickets for TEDxNelson until we have more information.

Here are the links, stay safe and look after each other.
 
Unite against COVID-19 (covid19.govt.nz)
Alert Level 4 | What to do at alert level 4
Doing business at Alert Level 4 | Unite against COVID-19 (covid19.govt.nz)
COVID-19: Locations of interest | Ministry of Health NZ
Mental Wellbeing For You & Your Workplace — Mentemia

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Ali Boswijk
Chief Executive