COVID-19: Latest news and updates

News and updates from government about COVID-19 and how it may affect your business.

Updated as new information is available — last updated 16 July 2020, 3:00 pm.

This page features the latest COVID-19 government news and updates for businesses. For more COVID-19 guidance and advice about employment, tax, cash flow, health and safety and more, visit the COVID-19: Information for businesses page.

Please refer to the Ministry of Health (external link) for health-related information and (external link) for all other information from government.

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Workplace operations at Alert Level 1

New Zealand moved to Alert Level 1 at 11.59pm on Monday 8 June.

At Alert Level 1, everyone can return without restriction to work, school, sports and domestic travel, and you can get together with as many people as you want.

It is important to keep basic hygiene measures, including washing your hands and being aware of physical distancing.

We should all continue to keep track of where we’ve been and who we’ve seen to assist with rapid contact tracing if it is required. Businesses should assist customers to keep track of where they’ve been by displaying the Ministry of Health QR code.

Read more about the golden rules for operating at Alert Level 1.

Workplace operations at Alert Level 1

Income relief payment if you lose your job

If you lose your job (including if you are self-employed) from 1 March 2020 to 30 October 2020 due to COVID-19, you may be able to receive the COVID-19 Income Relief Payment. Find out if you’re eligible and how to apply at Work and Income.

COVID-19 Income relief payment (external link)  — Work and Income

New support to resolve commercial rent disputes

Government support is underway to help small businesses resolve disputes over their commercial rent agreements during COVID-19. More information from Ministry of Justice is expected later this month.

Guidance for commercial leases and mortgages during COVID-19 (external link) — Ministry of Justice

Government loan applications extended

Government will provide one-off loans to small businesses, including sole traders and the self-employed, impacted by COVID-19 to support their cash flow needs.

The small business cash flow loan scheme will provide assistance of up to $100,000 to businesses employing 50 or fewer full-time employees.

Details of the loans include:

  • $10,000 to be provided to eligible businesses
  • an additional $1800 per equivalent full-time employee
  • interest free if the loan is paid back within a year
  • an interest rate of 3% for a maximum term of five years
  • repayments not required for the first two years.

Applications have been extended until and including 31 December 2020. To check your eligibility and how to apply, visit the COVID-19: Cash flow loans and support page.

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