The Government’s recent announcement on the next stage in the COVID-19 response plan is out. It introduces a new framework of measures that will commence when 90% of eligible New Zealanders are fully vaccinated.
As you know, the new framework has three levels: Red, Orange and Green. Each has different levels of restrictions. Importantly, at all levels businesses will be able to operate, in some form, for vaccinated people.
The advice states, “If a business, organisation or service does not wish to request proof of vaccine, they will have to operate with strict limits on capacity and space requirements. They may need to close in Orange and/or Red levels.”
For more information on the levels visit the Covid 19 website.
Resurgence Support Payment doubles
From 12 November 2021, the Resurgence Support Payment will be paid fortnightly instead of three weekly.
- Businesses can receive $3,000 per business plus $800 per full-time employee (FTE), up to 50 FTE (up from $1,500 plus $400 per full-time employee)
- The maximum fortnightly payment is $43,000.
- If you are self employed, or a sole trader you can receive a payment of $3,800.
- The eligibility criteria remains the same.
The Resurgence Support Payment will continue to be available to businesses anywhere in New Zealand until Auckland moves to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework.
Wage Subsidy Scheme
Applications for the fifth round of the August 2021 Wage Subsidy are also now open. You can apply until 11:59pm 28 October 2021. The payment rates and eligibility criteria remain the same.
Additional support for Auckland businesses
Businesses in Auckland will be able to apply for up to $3,000 worth of advice and planning support, and then receive up to $4,000 to implement that advice. This will no longer require a matching contribution and will be delivered through the established Regional Business Partner Network.
Also, there will be funding available for businesses to apply for mental health support for their employees.
We are here to help and give you the advice that you need
If, like so many businesses you have been adversely affected, talk to one of our experienced business advisors about how we can help. As we wrote in a previous article, as your accountant we do much more than prepare Financial Statements and Tax Returns. We can review your financial position, assist with cashflow planning, advise you on which schemes you’re eligible for, and will help you to produce the relevant financial information that’s needed when making a loan or grant application.
Undeniably, the months ahead and first quarter of 2022 may be a tough time for many business owners. So reach out now and let us help you get the financial assistance, advisory and funding you need.