August 31, 2021
As has been announced by the Government, most of New Zealand (except for Auckland and Northland) will move down from Level 4 of the COVID-19 restrictions to Level 3 from midnight Tuesday (today).
From the COVID-19 website, Level 3 means:
- Travel in areas with clusters or community transmission limited
- Affected educational facilities closed
- Mass gatherings cancelled
- Public venues closed (ie: libraries, museums, cinemas, food courts, gyms, pools, amusement parks)
- Alternative ways of working required and some non-essential businesses should close
- Non face-to-face primary care consultations
- Non acute (elective) services and procedures in hospitals deferred and healthcare staff re-prioritised
Many businesses have already been preparing to operate on measures allowed in Level 3, including contactless pick up and delivery options.
As the restrictions are continuing at the lower level, business is still affected and this triggers a further wages subsidy. Applications for the current COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021 close at 11.59pm on Thursday 2 September.
Work and Income advises another round of Wage Subsidy will be available for a further two-week payment, and applications for this will open at 9am on Friday 3 September. Instructions about when and how to apply will be provided, according to WINZ “soon”.
No new advice has been made available about the resurgence subsidy, however it is mentioned that:
It's possible that the Government could decide to activate the RSP multiple times if there are multiple alert level increases from Level 1. Businesses and organisations can apply for the RSP each time the (sic) it's activated, as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.
We would hope that IRD will provide some certainty over the ability to re-apply in the coming days. As always, if you have any questions or would like any advice about you specific situation, please get in touch with us.
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