We recognise it’s a hard time for all business owners at the moment as you try to navigate a new way of operating through the pandemic. We encourage you to create a plan over the coming days and weeks to help ensure that you come out of the pandemic as strongly as possible. As restrictions continue through Alert Level 3 we appreciate that your cashflow may become a significant concern, particular for Napier’s small-medium businesses. A range of support is at hand to help you develop a plan for your business.
How Napier City Council will support your business
Council’s Response to Recovery Plan: Alert Level 3, describes how Napier workplaces, clubs, facilities and households can function under Alert Level 3. Central Government has said that the transition from Level 4 to Level 3 is shifting from “essential” to “safe”. The plan incorporates these messages and encourages locals to identify the opportunities and roadblocks to successfully operate in Alert Level 3. It also outlines what information and support is available from Council and other organisations as the city recovers from the pandemic.
Council support includes:
Providing tailored advice to enable various industries to operate safely in Alert Level 3 including hospitality and construction.
Payments for different license types such as food and liquor will be deferred.
Advocating for rent relief for commercial tenants, particularly those in the central city.
Rates and rent relief is being provided where Government support is not available, such as no late payment penalties for this quarter.
Government funding is being sought for infrastructure projects that are ready to go and will support local employment and contractors while contributing to the future vision for our city.
Collaborating with partner organisations to encourage our community to support local businesses as we transition from Alert Level 4 to Level 3.
You can view the full list of initiatives here.
As the pandemic recovery period evolves, so too will Council’s plans. This will ensure the appropriate level of support is provided to Napier’s businesses and individuals. Updates to the plan will be released as the Government announces the beginning of each new Alert Level period.
If you need additional information or advice, or would like to contribute to the development of the medium-long term recovery plan for Napier City, please email or call us on 06 835 7579.
Please remember our team at Napier City Council is here to help you.
Kia Kaha Napier.