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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.
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.
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: New Zealand Government Covid-19 Business.govt.nz New Zealand Ministry of Health Tourism Industry Aotearoa
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.
How 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:
For further information - click here
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:
Alert Level 2 - Accommodation Operating Guidelines
Alert Level 3 - Accommodation Operating Guidelines
Alert Level 4 - Accommodation Operating Guidelines
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
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.
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 ChildrenAssets Kit with downloadable resources you may find useful.General cleaning informationInformation 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 InsuranceTIA’s strategic partner Marsh insurance coverage information
Our business mentors, Janet Dixon and Liz Webster, and the rest of the Board are available to help you in all things B&B business related. Donna Brooke Nick James Heather Bridson
And me, Secretary, Fiona
Page last updated 12 May 2020