New Zealand has been in Level Four lockdown since Wednesday 18th August. Under Level Four, only essential businesses such as supermarkets, pharmacies, dairies and petrol stations can open their doors to the public.
Retail NZ Chief Executive, Greg Harford, says although the lockdown is understandable from a health perspective, it is bad news for retailers who will be impacted by the closure of stores, and a reduction in income.
“Retail NZ is supportive of the Government’s announcement that essential goods can be sold online, and we are pleased that support for businesses will be available through the Wage Subsidy and Resurgence Support Payment.”
“We hope that the current lockdown will be short-lived, but there is still some clarity required from the Government around the detail around the sale of essential goods.”
In the meantime, retailers can check retail.kiwi regularly for the very latest information.