COVID-19 | LATEST ANNOUNCEMENTS
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Next steps in COVID response - RT Hon Jacinda Ardern today set out their plan in the event we have a new case of community transmission of COVID-19 in New Zealand.
New guidance for doing business online - Successfully doing business online can build sales, save time and reach new customers. Use this free new tool to learn how your business can do better business online.
Immigration NZ - Changes the Government announced last year to improve the employer-assisted temporary work visa system are coming into effect on 27 July 2020. They are also adding some occupations to the skill level exception list (Appendix 7) for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC).
Is your business undertaking R&D and finding it challenging to fund your activities due to COVID-19? Stage 1 of applications for the R&D Loan Scheme is now open, encouraging businesses to continue their R&D programmes in the face of COVID-19 impacts.
Amendments to the Overseas Investment Act have come into force in regards to the impact on overseas investors looking to invest in or purchase New Zealand businesses - Click here for further information.
Wage Subsidy Extension threshold changed
On Friday, the Government announced a change to the eligibility criteria for the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Extension. Employers, including sole traders, will now have to demonstrate a 40+% drop in revenue for a continuous 30 day period by comparison to the closest period last year. The previous threshold was a 50+% drop. The Wage Subsidy Extension will be available from 10 June to 1 September 2020. For more information, please see the Work and Income website.
Government loan applications extended
Government has announced a six-week extension for the Small Business Cashflow (loan) Scheme (SBC). Applications opened on 12 May 2020 and can now be submitted up to and including 24 July 2020. Click here to check your eligibility.
Alert Level 1 measures - Today, Government agreed to what life at Alert Level 1 will look like for New Zealand and New Zealanders.
Upcoming changes to gathering numbers
The Government has announced an increase to the number of people who can gather together at Alert Level 2. From 12 noon Friday 29 May, gatherings can be held with up to 100 people.
The new limit applies to gatherings at your home, events outside of home and public venues – including church services, weddings and, funerals and tangihanga. When holding a gathering, play it safe — maintain hygiene standards and meet existing record-keeping requirements for contact tracing. Community sports will also be able to operate easier, and sporting codes will be working on further guidance with Sport NZ.
Cabinet will again review the settings of Alert Level 2 on 8 June and have agreed that no later than 22 June, 4 weeks from today, they will consider a move to Alert Level 1.
New COVID-19 Income Relief Payment available from 8 June
Read the Beehive announcement
How to apply and who is eligible via the Work and Income website.
NZ COVID Tracer helps you protect yourself, your friends, your whānau and your community by enabling faster contact tracing.
Budget 2020 via the Budget website
Download the Budget 2020 Document
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Level 2 Announcement from the Prime Minister
ALERT LEVEL 2 INFORMATION HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED
NEW - Exercise, sport and recreation info under each Alert Level on Sport New Zealand
Government boosts cashflow support for small businesses - for more information to the Inland Revenue website.
Immigration NZ relaxing Visa conditions for essential workers
Employers in essential services can apply for certain variations of visa conditions on behalf of a visa holders. Information is available here.
Sport New Zealand
Have released information on play, active recreation and sport at Alert Levels 4 & 3. Click here to have a read.
Guidance around what Alert Level 3 means for people over 70 and other higher-risk groups is now available on the COVID-19 website
Click here to head to the IRD website for further information on the tax changes announced yesterday. In the upcoming weeks, Inland Revenue will be drafting legislation to bring all the proposed changes into effect.
CLICK HERE to see what the Government has announced in regards to a suite of new measures to provide relief for small and medium-sized businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. (15 April)
CLICK HERE for the Governments latest release on the further support available for Kiwis wanting to look after their mental wellbeing as a result of change and uncertainty from COVID-19.
CLICK HERE for information on the changes the Government has advised to the Companies Act
CLICK HERE for information on the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme for small and medium-sized businesses
CLICK HERE for information on the COVID-19 and the minimum wage - this provides some guidance for employees and employers in regards to the minimum wage increase during Alert Level 4 commencing on the 1 April 2020.
CLICK HERE for the 27 March edition