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Kia ora <<First Name>>,
 
Hopefully you are all safe and well in your bubbles.

As you know, yesterday the Prime Minister announced that we will stay at Alert Level 4 until at least Friday.

Read on for information about selling goods at AL4, wage subsidies, and mandatory Covid tracing. 

MBIE helpline for businesses

For all business enquiries about operating at Alert Level 4 
call 0800 424 946, or email AL4BusinessServices@mbie.govt.nz.

Make sure your business is on the Stuff.co.nz list

Stuff is launching an online directory of local businesses safely delivering essentials throughout lockdown.

Fill in their online form to register your business on their list.

Wage subsidies are now available for all businesses, sole traders, and contractors. If you haven't applied for yours yet make sure you do it today. For most people the subsidy is paid out the day the application is made.

To qualify you need to anticipate a 40% decline in revenue between 17 August and 30 August 2021. If you have been non-operational during the AL4 lockdown you are certain to experience this decline in revenue. If you have doubts about your eligibility contact your accountant as soon as possible.

How much is available?
$600 per week per full-time equivalent employee (including sole traders and contractors), and $359 per week per part-time employee.

Apply for the wage subsidy now

On 22 August the Government announced that mandatory record-keeping is being introduced for busy places and events. 

This requirement will come into effect 7 days after the next Alert Level change. This should provide you with enough time to put systems and process in place to undertake mandatory record-keeping.

Previously the responsibility was entirely on individuals to use the Covid Tracer app or keep a record of where they have been. Now, responsibility also lies with businesses, who must ensure they keep a record of everyone who has been on their premises. This will mean ensuring people use the Covid Tracer app, or keeping a written record of names and contact details of those who do not use it. The rules apply to everyone over 12 years old.

Make sure you have a QR code in your premises - click here to find out how

Click here for a full list of businesses affected
Business Associations

Contact your business association for support on how you can ensure that you are correctly undertaking your mandatory requirements:

Hospitality New Zealand
NZ Events Association
Tourism Industry Aotearoa
CHASNZ
Retail NZ

Your Business and Privacy

It is important that you protect your clients' privacy when gathering data to use in Covid tracing. There is no need to ask for proof of identity, or to keep records longer than required by the Ministry of Health. Importantly, you may not use data gathered in the mandatory record-keeping to build your mailing list or to create marketing campaigns. The Privacy Act states that information obtained for one purpose should not be used for any other reason; mandatory record-keeping should only be used for the public health reasons specified in the Ministry of Health guidance.

There are some useful articles and guides that cover what you need to know on the Privacy Commissioner website
Love Local - Kapiti Coast is a Facebook group set up to help businesses connect with customers and each other. Please join the group to share information about your business with the Kapiti Coast community and reach more than 4,000 people who are committed to supporting local businesses. Click here to join

If you are over 40 you can now book both your Covid vaccinations. Capacity at the Kapiti Vaccinnation centre in Te Roto Drive has been increased and more appointments are available now. Book here

At Alert Level 4, only certain businesses can open to the public and have customers on their premises.  

Some businesses can still sell online if they ensure that their courier is making contactless deliveries. Essential non-food items include:

  • necessary clothing, footwear and bedding
  • urgently required whiteware and appliances: such as fridges, heaters, washing machines and dryers, vacuum cleaners, fans and dehumidifiers
  • urgently required cooking, cleaning and laundry equipment
  • medicinal and hygiene products: such as medication, PPE, first aid products, soaps, shampoos, moisturisers and hand sanitisers
  • urgently required items for transport maintenance: such as bike and automotive parts and repair kits
  • materials for urgent home repair
  • urgently required communication devices: such as mobile phones, computer equipment, modems and internet equipment, televisions and radios
  • urgently required educational materials and books
  • urgently required home office equipment.

MBIE has a full comprehensive list of businesses that can operate at AL4.

Finally, please pass this newsletter on to anyone you think might need it.
And do get in touch if you require further information or advice.

Economic Development Team
Kāpiti Coast District Council
economic.development@kapiticoast.govt.nz    
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