Retail NZ is welcoming news that the Government is increasing financial support for businesses in light of the ongoing
COVID-19 lockdown, and that retail will be able to open at all stages of the new “Covid Protection Framework”, but is
calling for a firm transition date.
“Retailers are able to operate safely, using masks, distancing and good hygiene to keep staff and customers safe, and
it’s fantastic news that the Government is recognising this in the new Covid Protecton Framework”, Greg Harford, Retail
NZ Chief Executive said today. “The disappointing news is that there is still no firm date when we will transition to
the new system, which makes it difficult for businesses to plan and stay afloat. We absolutely need to get people across
the community vaccinated, and the Government should set a date so that the unvaccinated appreciate the urgency.
“Retail NZ is also really pleased that the Resurgence Support Payment is being doubled. This will be a big help in
enabling locked-down businesses to survive, particularly services businesses such as beauty therapists and hairdressers
that cannot trade online. However, there is still a need for additional support and Retail NZ is keen to engage with
Government on a sector-specific support package.
“Getting New Zealanders vaccinated is the way out the pandemic, and Retail NZ strongly encourages everyone interacting
with retail to get jabbed and do their bit to keep everyone safe.”