Government Business Continuity Plan
On March 17, 2020 the New Zealand government announced a Business Continuity Package designed to provide immediate relief to tourism operators facing a devastating downturn in the midst of this crisis.
- This funding will be available to operators in all regions without delay - the government has indicated that payments may be possible within five days
- The wage subsidies will be available for businesses that can show a 30% decline in revenue for any month between January and June 2020 compared to the year before (including projected revenue)
- There is a $150,000 cap to the payment of $585 per full-time employee for 12 weeks, which should allow for approximately 20 staff to be subsidised
- Tailormade packages are being made to larger businesses. Please contact Work and Income immediately to explore what options are available to you
- While the package does not currently include business loans, the government has indicated it will hold further discussions with banks around access to capital for businesses
- Download the wage subsidy factsheet here
- your business must be registered and operating in New Zealand
- your employees must be legally working in New Zealand
- the business must have experienced a minimum 30% decline in actual or predicted revenue over the period of a month when compared with the same month last year, and that decline is related to COVID-19
- your business must have taken active steps to mitigate the impact of COVID-19
- you must make best efforts to retain employees and pay them a minimum of 80% of their normal income for the subsidised period.
- More information on the qualifying definitions is available here.