COVID - 19
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The COVID-19 crisis is continually evolving and it is difficult for operators to keep up to date with what is happening and with the amount of information being disseminated. What is clear is that the pandemic will have a significant impact on small owner operated business. Here we hope to provide you with information that is specific to bed and breakfast operators and which will help support both you and your business through this difficult period.
As an Association we are in constant contact with Tourism New Zealand, Tourism Industry Aotearoa and other industry associations to ensure bed and breakfast owners are represented and considered in the decision making processes.
Thank you to Rayma Jenkins and Nick James for working with the Accommodation Forum in developing guidelines for accommodation providers to operate within during various levels of lockdown:
As part of our protection against the spread of COVID-19 it’s important we all continue to keep track of where we’ve been and who we’ve seen - this applies to both guests coming into your property and for your personal safety when you are out and about. The NZ COVID Tracer app supports contact tracing by allowing New Zealanders to create a digital diary of the places they’ve been.
There is a self-service webform (https://qrform.tracing.covid19.govt.nz/) designed to make it easy to generate the QR codes, and a bulk-upload option (https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-resources-and-tools/nz-covid-tracer-app/nz-covid-tracer-qr-codes) for businesses and organisations that have a large number of premises.
- Self Isolation - this term will be used for those who have Covid-19 and are in isolation
- Quarantine - this is the correct term for those who are isolating themselves from others but who have not contracted the virus.
- Social Distance - Physical Distance. We need to ensure we don't distance ourselves socially from others but we also need to ensure we practice guidelines for physical distancing (see below).
Our members group Facebook page is a great place to keep up to date with information as it comes to hand. We will email you with urgent information if required. There have been some great posts and feedback from our members with lots of positive support and suggestions. If you are not a member of our Facebook group please email me with the email address used with your Facebook page and I will send you an invitation to join.
Sources of Information:
It is really important to ensure you source your information from reputable sources. The Government has also set up a new website providing one-stop shop for all Government related COVID-19 public health information and other useful websites are:
Wage Subsidy Extension
Self-employed people and sole traders significantly impacted by COVID-19 may be able to apply for an 8-week extension of the Wage Subsidy to continue to pay themselves and staff, if they have them.
- You must have experienced a minimum 50% decline in actual or predicted revenue in the 30 days before you apply, when compared to a similar period last year.
- The decline in revenue must be related to COVID-19. Check the criteria.
How to apply:
- Applications for the Wage Subsidy Extension will be open from 10 June 2020 until 1 September 2020.
- If you've been paid the original Wage Subsidy, you need to wait for that 12-week period to end before you apply for the extension.
- We'll send you a reminder when it's time for you to apply.
The Wage Subsidy Extension is available to provide ongoing support to your business during these difficult times. So we can make sure you get the right support, it’s important that you have the correct information in your application if you decide to apply. Find out more on the Work and Income website.
The Government has released a number of economic packages that bed and breakfast operators are able to take advantage of including:
- Business Finance Guarantee Scheme - (business loans)
- Wage Subsidy (also applies to self employed / sole traders)
- Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme - applications close 12 June.
- Regional Business Partner Network
- IRD - Various changes to Provisional Tax and GST
For further information - click here
Guidance on Cancellation Policies:
There has been a lot of discussion concerning cancellation policies However, if you receive a cancellation within your cancellation policy you are able to invoke the terms of your policy - if you wish.
To read more - click here
Your Health and Wellbeing:
Please remember to look after yourselves not just physically but mentally as well. This is a completely new era for us all and change is often not easy to manage. Connecting with people who make you feel safe and loved is the most important thing you can do to look after your mental health and the mental health of people around you.
On the TV1 Breakfast show, Dr. John Cameron provided answers to some great questions during a Q & A session. Watch here. Go to 2hrs18mins of the 3-hour show for the 10min segment.
The Mental Health Foundation has created a new section on their website with wellbeing tips and answers to FAQs - click here.
And, you can speak with a trained counsellor at any time - free call 1737 or text 1737 – it's free and confidential so please don't hesitate to to contact them if you feel you need to.
Links to other useful information:
Social (now Physical) Distancing? How can we practice this (Click the link here for a video)
Self Isolation - (Quarantine) What does this mean?
Health Advice - symptoms, prevention.
Managing your Mental Health & Wellbeing / Taking Care of Children
Assets Kit with downloadable resources you may find useful.
General cleaning information
Information for Hotels and Hotel Staff
WorkSafe information about the business and worker requirement for keeping people safe and well in the workplace.
Business Continuation Insurance - David Rush Vision Insurance
TIA’s strategic partner Marsh insurance coverage information
And me, Secretary, Fiona
Page last updated 12 August 2020