Did you know Government support is available to eligible businesses, to help business owners overcome the challenges thrown at them by the pandemic?

Significant Government support for businesses and workers has been triggered following a rise in alert levels to combat COVID-19 in the community.

You can also find details on the Alert Levels here:

This information is correct as of August 23, 2021


Government business support

The Wage Subsidy Scheme (WSS) which is available nationally when there is a regional or national move to Alert Levels 3 and 4 for a period of seven days and helps eligible businesses keep paying staff and protect jobs. 

The WSS rates have been increased to reflect the increase in wage costs since the scheme was first used in March 2020. Businesses will be eligible for $600 per week per full-time equivalent employee, and $359 per week per part-time employee.

Applications are open now.



The Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) is a payment to help support businesses or organisations with one-off costs due to a COVID-19 alert level increase to level 2 or higher. This is available to eligible firms at the same time as the WSS. 

When the RSP is activated, eligible businesses and organisations can apply to receive the lesser of:

  • $1,500 plus $400 per full-time equivalent (FTE) employee, up to a maximum of 50 FTEs
  • four times (4x) the actual revenue decline experienced by the applicant.



The COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment (STAP) is available for businesses, including self-employed people, to help pay their workers who cannot work from home while they wait for a COVID-19 test result.

It’s to help businesses keep paying eligible workers who:

  • cannot work from home, and
  • need to miss work to stay home while waiting for a COVID-19 test result (in line with public health guidance).



The COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme (LSS) is available for employers, including self-employed people, to help pay their employees who need to self-isolate and can’t work from home.

This means your workers:

  • can’t come into work because they are in one of the affected groups and have been told to self-isolate, and
  • can’t work from home.


Both the Leave Support Scheme (LSS) and Short-Term Absence Payment (STAP) rates will also be increased in line with the WSS, as each of these payments is set at the same rate.


We have put together a list of places that you can go to access wellbeing support, click here to access. 


Health & Wellbeing Support

Covid-19 has brought a lot of changes to the way we operate, which has brought on a lot of extra stress and pressure. We need to prioritise mental wellbeing so we can manage our lives throughout changing COVID-19 alert levels, make good decisions, manage additional stress.

As a starting point, it’s good to think about the common causes of stress among employees: 

  • Catching or spreading COVID-19 
  • Concerns about how long the pandemic will last 
  • Worries about finances, job security and feeding the whānau/family 
  • Work and home and parenting stressors in the mirumiru/bubble 
  • Feelings around isolation and redefining connections to various communities, including work. 
  • Loss of extended supports 
  • Fears around whether they can cope during this time. 


We have put together a list of places that you can go to access wellbeing support, click here to access.


For management and leaders in the workplace:


If you have any concerns or questions please contact the team on 07 219 3827 or info@ebopchamber.co.nz.

We also encourage you to follow the EBOP Covid Business Support page for the latest updates and information.

You can find out more about COVID-19 Alert Levels, guidelines and information at the Unite Against COVID-19 website here.