With Auckland now at Covid-19 Alert Level 3, most retail stores will be closed to the public, however retailers are still able to sell online or over the phone for contactless delivery or click and collect.
Retail NZ chief executive, Greg Harford, says he understands this time will be another challenging period for the industry.
“I have heard from many members today who will need Government support to cope with the inevitable downturn.”
Following yesterday’s announcement, the Government indicated that the Wage Subsidy would be available after seven days of heightened Alert Levels.
“Some members may not be able to sustain that,” says Harford, “some of you may have heard me in the media talking about this issue today, and I have written to Ministers calling for an urgent business support package to be introduced.”
Harford says he’ll keep Retail NZ members informed of any response from the ministers. He also encourages retailers to be in contact if they encounter any difficulties in the move back up the Alert Levels.
“All feedback is useful and welcome.”