Have a plan for COVID-19 affecting your workers, suppliers or customers. You want to do everything you can to protect your workplace, workers and community.
Please note: this page will be updated as new information comes to hand, so please check back regularly.
As a business owner, there are steps you can take to protect your staff and customers against COVID-19. A clear plan can potentially help lessen the impact as you focus on ultimately operating in a safe way.
If a household contact is vaccinated and asymptomatic, they may be able to continue to work if they:
work in a 'bubble of one', if they are not customer facing and follow strict health protocols
'Bubble of one' for workers who are contacts required to isolate'
Further details can be found here:
We all want to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19, and there are simple steps business owners can take to limit the spread of the virus amongst workers, customers and other visitors.
Support your employees to get vaccinated, including booster shots. Employment New Zealand has guidance on talking to employees about vaccination. Consider using the vaccination assessment tool to determine whether work at your business should be done by vaccinated people. Some sectors are covered by vaccination mandates.
COVID-19 vaccination and employment — Employment New Zealand
Vaccination mandates(external link) — covid19.govt.nz
Keep up healthy habits(external link) — covid19.govt.nz
COVID-19: Ventilation(external link) — Ministry of Health
It is important business owners have a plan for COVID-19 impacting your premises and other businesses you deal with, or affecting your workers, such as parents needing to stay home with isolating children.
Part of that plan is knowing what your responsibilities as a business owner are to your staff and the community and, as always, it’s important to keep up to date with the latest information.
Modifying employment agreements during COVID-19(external link) — Employment New Zealand
COVID-19 resources(external link) — The Business Continuity Institute
COVID-19 and the workplace(external link) — Employment New Zealand
Ensure that your workforce knows what the requirements are for testing and isolation.
Consider if your business will access the Bubble of One or Close Contact Exemption Schemes which allow certain workers who are household contacts of a COVID-19 case to return to work in limited circumstances, if they follow specific health protocols.
More information about the Bubble of One and Close Contact Exemption Schemes
If your business relies on other businesses’ products or services, consider talking to them about their continuity and contingency plans. How they plan to respond could affect your own plans.
For example, you could ask your suppliers:
Think about who you rely on to operate your business and consider what steps you can take with that supplier to maintain necessary services or goods, should they be impacted by COVID-19.
If you provide services or products to other businesses, you might want to contact your customers and share your plans. Understanding their plans could also help you anticipate changes in demand, timeframes or how you could tailor the ways you provide your services and products to match any new ways that they work.
If you test positive for COVID-19(external link) — covid19.govt.nz
We know COVID-19, and its impact, can change rapidly. As a business owner, it is important you are up to date with the latest advice from the Ministry of Health.
The Ministry of Health will have the latest advice on self-isolation requirements.
Advice for people with COVID-19(external link) — Ministry of Health
Types of contacts(external link) — Ministry of Health
The COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment is available for businesses, including self-employed people, to help pay their employees who cannot work from home while they wait for a COVID-19 test result.
The COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme is available to employers, including self-employed people, to help pay their employees who have been advised to self-isolate because of COVID-19 and can’t work at home during that period.
COVID-19 financial support for employers(external link) — Work and Income
The Ministry of Health has guidance for what to do if your workplace has a case of COVID-19, including information on contract tracing and communicating with employees and customers.
Guidance for workplaces that have a case of COVID-19(external link) — Ministry of Health
You’ll find advice on cleaning and disinfecting during COVID-19 on the Ministry of Health’s website.
COVID-19: General cleaning and disinfection advice(external link) — Ministry of Health
It can be stressful managing the impacts of COVID-19 on your business. You may need some advice, or simply someone to talk to – help is available.