Make Summer Unstoppable! – Government Plans to Deal with COVID-19, incl. new Financial Support

 

Government has released more information on their plans for dealing with any resurgence of COVID-19 this summer, and it includes a financial support package for affected businesses!

This year, more than ever, we want to enjoy our summer holidays. We all want an uninterrupted summer – uninterrupted by the weather and uninterrupted by COVID-19. While we can’t control the weather, we can control COVID-19.   The Make Summer Unstoppable campaign has taken special care to include our industry & planning events over the summer when offering support. You can find resources for your events & venues here.

The Make Summer Unstoppable campaign asks that we keep doing these four simple things:

  • Wash your hands
  • Scan QR codes
  • Turn on Bluetooth tracing on the NZ COVID Tracer app
  • Stay home if you’re feeling unwell and get advice about a COVID-19 test.

Businesses also have an important role to play, especially for us in events:

  • Put up plenty of QR code posters in easy to spot locations – not just at the door.
  • Actively invite people to scan
  • Encourage everyone to wash or sanitise their hands
  • Use the hashtag #unstoppablesummer where possible.

COVID-19 response Minister Chris Hipkins has outlined extensive All of Government planning in the event of a community case of COVID-19 during the holiday period.

The Government’s approach will be to respond quickly, managing any community cases lead by New Zealand’s elimination strategy for COVID-19. Government agencies have worked closely with local Government, iwi and community leaders as well as Civil Defence and Emergency Management and private sector to ensure a fully coordinated response. The health system is standing ready, supply chains are stocked, & on call personnel will be available.

Extensive contingency plans are in place, developed around 3 broad scenarios.

Minister Grant Robertson has announced a new Resurgence Support Payment.

The Resurgence Support Payment will be used to help businesses directly affected when there’s a move to Alert Level 2 or above for a week or more. Minister Robertson stated “This will particularly help sectors like hospitality and events, who face particular disruptions as Alert Levels change.” They have also committed to the Wage Subsidy Scheme whether there’s a regional or national move to Alert Levels 3 and 4. Further, they are keeping the Leave Support Scheme and adding to it by introducing a new Short-term Absence Payment to also cover eligible workers needing to stay at home while awaiting a COVID-19 test result.

When updates on details of this economic package are released, we will update the ETNZ COVID Resources page and share the information via our social media outlets: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn.

Further information can be found at the following covid19.govt.nz web pages: