Auckland back at Alert Level 3 and rest of country at Alert Level 2

Feb 27, 2021

The Government announcement that Auckland is back to Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand at Alert Level 2 for the next seven days is unwelcome. However, it is necessary to further control the community spread of COVID-19 which began on February 14.

Business has been excellent at managing the changes in alert levels and keeping people safe, but it is very difficult.

The Auckland borders are already in place and the Government has been very clear that those who have received Business Travel Documents need not do so again, they are still valid. If these are still needed find out more and apply here.

Support for business is also available in three ways:

  • COVID-19 Resurgence Payment for those who have had a 30 per cent revenue drop over a seven-day period may be eligible for a core per business rate of $1500, plus $400 per employee up to a total of 50 FTEs.
  • Short Term Absence Payment (STAP) of $350 to cover workers (and the self-employed) who need to stay home while waiting for a test result.
  • The Leave Support Scheme is available to businesses (and those self-employed) who have people who have been told to isolate because of COVID-19.

Please do adhere to hygiene practices and Ministry of Health advice on getting tested to help keep our workplaces and communities safe.

The EMA is here to assist and will provide regular updates on our dedicated site, through AdviceLine on 0800 800 362, or via our private NZ Business Regeneration Facebook group.

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