New Zealand is now at Alert Level 2, with the exception of Auckland which remains at Alert Level 4. For more information about this alert level and what it means for you, visit the government's official COVID-19 website here.
COVID-19 specific support for businesses and key resources can be found here.
The social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular the Delta variant, have been unprecedented, hitting regional, national and global communities and economies in ways that we have never seen before.
As New Zealand transitions through the Alert Levels once again, we position ourselves in a way that will allow us to regenerate strongly in the medium to long term. We have faith that the agility, resilience and clever thinking of the Nelson Tasman business community, combined with the range of government and business support available, will enable us to pave the way for a proactive and successful recovery.
You’re not in this alone.
If you need business advice, guidance or support as you navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, our Regional Business Partner Team at the Nelson Regional Development Agency are here to help. Use the button below to contact us and we will respond to your enquiry within 48 hours.
Our Regional Business Partner team has supported over 2000 businesses since the initial Level 4 lockdown last year, so we understand the challenges businesses are facing and have a great range of knowledge, experience and expertise to help guide you through this period of uncertainty.
The services we can offer include:
This service is being delivered as part of the Regional Business Partner Programme which the government has increased its support of to assist businesses at this time. We are the 'Regional Business Partner' for the Top of the South and deliver this service by partnering with the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce, Marlborough Chamber of Commerce, Nelson Tasman Business Trust and Business Trust Marlborough.
The Government has announced a range of financial support, including the Wage Subsidy Scheme which is available to businesses impacted by New Zealand moving to Alert Level 4 as a result of the Delta outbreak. Applications for the Wage Subsidy Scheme opened at 9am Friday 20 August 2021 and will remain open for two weeks. From Tuesday 24 August, you will also be able to apply for the COVID-19 Resurgence Support Payment, which has been designed to help support eligible businesses who are facing a reduction in revenue due to an alert level increase with some of their fixed costs.
Some of the financial support you may be eligible to apply for as a result of the COVID-19 alert level rise includes:
For more information and to apply, click here.
For guidance and information about about what your business can and can't do during Alert Level 4, click here.
If you have questions or need support you can call the free COVID-19 business helpline for advice on:
Employers can also get specific advice on people challenges, including staffing changes, employee wellness, and meeting your health and safety obligations.
If you are in the South Island, call 0800 505 096. If you are in the North Island, call 0800 500 362.
Vaccination is available as normal during Alert Level 4. Vaccination centres are now set up with physical distancing and infection prevention methods. Face masks are required when attending. If you're aged 40 or over, or you're in groups 1, 2, or 3, you can book your vaccinations now, through the Book My Vaccine website, or through the free-phone service: 0800 28 29 26.
Vaccination will be extended to people aged 30+ from 25 August and then to everyone aged 16+ from 1 September.
For the most up-to-date information about vaccination options in Nelson Tasman, please visit www.nmdhb.govt.nz/vaccine.
Testing is free for people with COVID-19 symptoms in the Nelson Tasman region. If you are unsure of whether you should get a test, call Healthline for advice: 0800 358 5453.
Further testing information including where you can get a COVID-19 test in the Nelson Tasman region is listed here: www.nmdhb.govt.nz/covid-19
The Ministry of Health has developed the NZ COVID Tracer app to help the public log and track which businesses and organisations they have visited, and who they have come in contact with. As a business, it is mandatory for you to display the official NZ COVID Tracer QR code for each workplace at all alert levels, or to use an alternative record-keeping system or process that supports contact tracing (such as appointment records or a paper-based sign-in register).
Find out more about your obligations and how to create your QR code poster here.
We will continue to keep you updated as best we can but for further information, please refer to the official government websites. These will provide you with the most up to date information as the situation evolves: