These are incredibly challenging times for business as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to grow in our community, as we prepare to enter Phase Three of the national response.
The country's move to Phase Three at 11.59pm tonight will ease some of the pressure on our testing and contact tracing services over the next three to six weeks, while helping to ensure critical services and supply chains remain operational and our economy keeps moving. Details of the changes to testing and self-isolation requirements can be found here.
We welcome the Government’s announcement of new support payments for businesses experiencing a considerable drop in revenue, and the signal from the Prime Minister that restrictions may begin to ease once the current outbreak has peaked. While these are encouraging and helpful signs for business, it is critical that the Government continues to monitor the impact of existing restrictions on business and provide additional support when needed.
I encourage all businesses to make the most of the financial supports available – you can find the latest information about these in this issue. Please also take a look at our helpful employer guide to COVID-19-related work absences, developed by Business South’s in-house Legal Team.
As the outbreak spreads, our Southern health system is also under immense pressure – this is affecting workers in our DHB, hospitals, general practices, pharmacies and community health providers. We’re proud to lead and launch the Southern Heroes initiative, a support network of local organisations who can donate some time to help our local health providers with non-clinical, non-contact tasks. I realise that the business sector is also under immense strain but if you can in anyway support, please sign up here.
Our Legal Roadshow is heading online this year – this is a great opportunity to hear from legal experts about the very latest developments in employment law and how these may affect business. We are also excited to co-host the Women in Leadership Virtual Luncheon with the Southland Business Chamber, and to share our great line-up of speakers with you.
As always, please remember we are only a call or an email away if you require any advice or support – that’s what we’re here for.
Ngā mihi nui,