ESSENTIAL SERVICES UPDATE
There have been further updates to this that you should be aware of:
Critical support services:
These are the services that are necessary to ensure businesses and workers can continue working from home and include:
If these practitioners are required to go in to your premises to carry out work for the business to keep it running, that is considered to be an essential service.
This is able to be continued in essential services businesses (and is more important than ever at this time), but not in non-essential businesses.
The severely limited travel options have created some issues around migrant eligibility to stay in NZ. The Epidemic Management Notice that passed through Parlilament yesterday enables the Government to move faster on moving legislative and regulatory barriers across areas like immigration. This comes into effect on 2 April. Further detail will be released but what has been confirmed initially is:
1. You can apply for the wage subsidy for migrant workers.
2. If someone is on a work, student or visa visitor with an expiry date on or before 1 April and they are unable to leave NZ, they need to apply for a new Visa on line and an interim Visa will be issued. This can be applied for here.
3. Those with a work, student, vistor, limited or interim Visa with an expiry date of 2 April to 9 July inclusive, who are in NZ on 2 April, will have their Visas automatically extended to 25 September 2020. Confirmation of the extension will be emailed to the Visa holder.
4. Exemptions may be made on a case by case basis for health and other essential workers.
Inland Revenue have issued the following press release:
If your business is unable to pay its taxes on time due to the impact of COVID-19, we understand, you don’t need to contact us right now.
Get in touch with us when you can, and we’ll write-off any penalties and interest.
It would help if you continue to file however, as the information is used to make correct payments to people, and to help the Government continue to respond to what is happening in the economy.
It has been confirmed that recycling is an essential service - this is an important one for our industry, but it only applies where it is supporting the activities of essential services.
WasteMINZ have provided this helpful advice about other waste/recyling collection:
For now this is being interpreted as those activities that can continue as per the list below:
- collection of solid waste
- collection of recycling where practicable
- the disposal of solid waste
- processing of recycling where practicable, or alternatively, disposal
MfE is working on standard communications that build on the above clarifications, such as what actions households with suspected or confirmed cases of the virus should take with respect to waste and recycling. These are currently being reviewed by the Ministry of Health and we will get them to you as soon as possible.
- Waste collection is an essential service and will continue throughout the Covid 19 response period.
- Continue using your kerbside waste collection service for waste disposal.
- Check your local council or private collector website and social media platform regularly for updates on kerbside collection dates and recycling arrangements.
- Municipal landfills and waste transfer stations will be open for essential services use only.
- Waste transfer stations may provide limited access to the public, please check your local council website for more information.
Thank you all for your patience over the last few days -my apologies to those I was not able to get back to as quickly as I would have liked. And thanks to all those who have let us know who is operating as an essential service. The list is long and it validates the important role that print plays in the economy.
Keep up the good work, stay safe, and I'll keep sending through the updates in this ever-evolving situation we are living/working in. And remember PrintNZ remains open during this time to provide whatever assistance we can.