Tuesday, May 28, 2024

New Covid support payment welcomed

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The Government recently announced a new Covid-19 Support Payment for sectors like hospitality and events. Times file photo Wayne Martin

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has welcomed the government’s announcement of a new Covid-19 Support Payment for sectors like hospitality and events, which are experiencing significant financial strain due to the accelerating Omicron outbreak.

The new payment will provide eligible businesses with fortnightly payments of $4000 and $400 per full-time equivalent (FTE) employee, up to 50 employees or a cap of $24,000.

“As one leader of the Auckland business sector has stated, this will be a lifeline for many small businesses in our city,” Goff said.

“It is not a lockdown or level three-style restrictions that are currently placing pressure on businesses. It is the concern that many Aucklanders have that the rapid spread of Omicron, especially in Auckland, makes it less safe to go out and enjoy restaurants, cafes, pubs, theatre and cinemas, as well as other retail businesses.

“With small businesses already having lost money and built-up debt under earlier impacts of Covid -19, they are now struggling to survive a further downturn in business.

“After all the support provided by the government to date to allow these businesses and the jobs associated with them to survive, it would be a real pity to allow long-standing and otherwise successful businesses to fail now.”

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