COVID-19 | RESOURCES


This page brings together all official resources to support business relating to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) which have been made available.  This page is updated daily.

Business Support

Covid-19: What employers need to know (25 March 2020) 
This resource was pulled together following our Critical Update on 25 March from our Q&A session.

Financial Support
Covid19.govt.nz provides a comprehensive overview on what financial support businesses can expect to receive as part of the $12.1 billion support package.

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Website
Government website which provides guidance and support to the public as part of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Ministry of Social Development Canterbury Regional Response Team  (as at 9.00pm, 24 March 2020)
Ministry of Social Development’s Rapid Response Team which has been stood up in Canterbury to help local employers like you to navigate the on-going Covid-19 response. Learn more. 

Navigating the Current Leadership and Human Resources Environment
The current Covid-19 business environment is very challenging for all businesses, While some will thrive, many others will be finding it tough and ultimately, unfortunately some may not survive. The Chamber's HR team are here to help your business.

NZ Government Website - covid19.govt.nz
This website has everything you need to know about Covid-19 in one place. Learn the simple steps you can take to unite against the virus and slow its spread. Find out what help is available and get the latest updates. 

Tax Relief
ird.govt.nz provides information on current and proposed tax relief for those affected by COVID-19.

Variation to Hours of Work Quick Guide



Essential Business

Essential Business Operations During Alert Level 4
Covid19.govt.nz provides a comprehensive overview on what Essential Businesses can and can't do during Alert Level 4.

Essential Business Q&A for Business  (as at 9.00pm, 24 March 2020)
This factsheet provides answers to some of the key questions being asked by businesses around Essential Businesses.

Essential Business Q&A for the Public  (as at 9.00pm, 24 March 2020)
This factsheet provides answers to some of the key questions being asked by the general public around Essential Businesses.

Level 4 Travel Restrictions 
This information provides an explanation of those businesses and their workers, carrying out essential services in the transport sector who will not be subject to travel restrictions.

List of Essential Businesses
What are essential businesses? Essential businesses, and those who support them, will continue to provide the necessities of life for everyone in New Zealand. See a detailed overview of essential businesses on covid19.govt.nz.

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
For more information or to query if you are an Essential Business call 0508 377 388.

The Essential Services Economy in Canterbury
With the 4-week ban now in place and only essential services allowed to continue, many roads, shopping centres and office parks will be quiet. However, not all activity has come to a halt and not all areas or economies are affected equally. Read more.



Wage Subsidy

Wage Subsidy Scheme Information

Links to Wage Subsidy and Leave Payment Application forms: Employer application form and Self employed/contractor form 



Leave Subsidy


COVID-19 Leave Payment Scheme Factsheet
The purpose of the Covid-19 Leave Payment Scheme Factsheet is to provide guidance on how to support workers financially while they self-isolate.



Income Support

Business Cashflow and Tax Measures Factsheet
The purpose of the Business Cashflow and Tax Measures Factsheet is to provide guidance to those who own commercial and/or industrial buildings on how the Government Economic Response Package will effect them.

Income Support Factsheet

The purpose of the Income Support Factsheet is to provide clarity around the three main changes to welfare which were announced as part of the Government Economic Response Package.



International Trade

Air Freight Service Update: High Air Freight Costs  (2 April 2020)
The Government has allocated $330m out of the COVID-19 relief package to support air freight capacity. Read more.

Air Freight Service Update 

Please see resource attached above for an overview of carrier schedule changes to/from New Zealand due to COVID-19.

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise - Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information for exporters
This site is a resource for New Zealand exporters to help them mitigate the impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

NZTE Air Freight Support 
MOT has been working on a medium-term solution (6 month period) with the government to get airlines running again to support airfreight and our air services industry.

NZTE Marketplace
NZTE are working on building and online marketplace where all the requests for equipment, staff, storage and other resources can be entered. It is estimated to be up on the NZTE website early this week. In the meantime, you can email marketplace@nzte.govt.nz for any requests you may have.



Migrant Workers

Immigration New Zealand - Coronavirus update: INZ’s response

Immigration New Zealand COVID-19 Information for Migrants
This website provides information to migrants on the COVID-19 outbreak. There is also information available in other languages here.

Immigration New Zealand Factsheets
These factsheets summarise the immigration issues related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Migrant Leave Pay Scheme
This website provides information to employers of migrant workers who are working here on temporary visas and who are required to take leave from work to self-isolate or recover from COVID-19.


Other Resources and Useful Links

Business.govt.nz - Continuity and Contingency Planning

Business.govt.nz - Coronavirus: Information for businesses (small business)

Covid-19 Workplace & Scenario Guideline
This guideline provides steps and scenarios for both employers and employees to help keep their work environment safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Disruption Planning for Employers
This guide provides a comprehensive plan to support employers through disruption from major environmental or economic events.

Employment New Zealand - Workplace response: Workplace response to coronavirus

Information for hotels and hotel staff - COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)


Library services you can access from home 

Looking after mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19  

Ministry of Education -  Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)


Ministry of Health - Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)


Safe Travel (MFAT) - Novel coronavirus, China (Covid-19)

Tennancy Serives - Coronavirus (COVID-19) – what landlords and tenants need to know


Tourism New Zealand - Coronavirus – Information for industry

Work and Income - Coronavirus: Redundancy information for employers

Working from Home Policy 
View the working from home policy here. 

WorkSafe New Zealand - Workplace preparedness for novel coronavirus (COVID-19)



The Chamber

As the home and voice of Canterbury business, we are here to help.  Being part of the BusinessNZ Network, we are here to offer advice and support for businesses concerned about the risk or impact of Covid-19.

For advice specific to your situation, please contact The Chamber on 0800 50 50 96 or 03 366 5096, or email info@cecc.org.nz or contact one of The Chamber’s advisory team. See all The Chamber contact information on our Advice and Support page.