On Monday Jacinda Ardern’s announced that most businesses can re-start in Alert Level 2, and domestic travel can begin again. This news is a huge relief for hundreds of businesses, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.
For the accommodation industry this news couldn’t come soon enough, but according to TIA “the decision to delay the opening of bars for a week and to limit gatherings to 10 people for at least the next two weeks will have an adverse economic impact”.
TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts said: “While the health of New Zealanders must remain the priority, we’ve heard today of hundreds more jobs going from SkyCity and other tourism employers. Many tourism, hospitality and event businesses are teetering on the edge. In the current circumstances, even a week or two’s delay will push some over the cliff, and result in further job losses and business closures.
“We are pleased the Prime Minister has promised direct support in the Budget to the businesses most affected by the pandemic but that may come too late for some.”
Tourism businesses are strongly committed to operating in a safe and responsible manner and recognise the devastation to their business if the country had to return to Level 3 or 4.
Proactively, TIA has been working with government agencies to develop guidelines on how tourism operators can work safely at Level 2, while maintaining physical distancing and contact tracing. TIA have also provided useful guidelines for accommodation providers operating in Alert Level 2 “COVID-19 Level 2 – Play it safe”, alongside guidelines for activity operators.
“The next few months will be an amazing opportunity for Kiwis to experience the best New Zealand has to offer – and have the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to save the livelihoods of other Kiwis.”
Guidelines can be found on TIA website.