Auckland business groups, representing tens of thousands of businesses, want Government to act on their calls to confirm financial support for qualifying businesses in Auckland during Alert Level 2.
While the new Roadmap for COVID announced by the government did include a continuation of the Wage Subsidy throughout this Level 3 transition, there was no confirmation that it would continue once Auckland reaches Alert Level 2. Businesses need certainty and can’t keep waiting to hear what help might be made available at the next announcement.
The mechanism exists and is simple to execute – it just needs a Government decision to do it.
Why is this critical?
Auckland has faced 29 weeks of restrictions so far:
- 10 weeks at L4
- 8.5 weeks at L3
- 3.5 weeks at L2.5
- 7 weeks at L2
The affect of these lockdowns is cumulative and the long tail of COVID-19 is hurting many businesses across a range of sectors. Thousands of business owners, their staff and suppliers face an uncertain future as they head into the Christmas season.
Who is asking for this?
- Auckland Business Chamber
- Employers and Manufacturers Association
- Hospitality New Zealand
- Restaurant Association
- Retail NZ
- Accommodation Association of New Zealand
- Heart of the City
- Newmarket Business Association
- Parnell Business Association
- Takapuna Business Association
The organisations listed are united with one voice – Auckland businesses need help urgently and they need certainty.
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