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The Prime Minister today announced the country will move to Level 3 Alert (Restrict) effective immediately and has given the country (its residents and businesses) 48 hours to prepare for Level 4 (Eliminate).


To be clear – public will only be given access to essential services, that being supermarkets, pharmacies, service stations and medical services. However please read this link of the essential services that are required to continue to run this country. The list is many and varied. We rely on these services to continue to provide jobs for current staff. You may even need to increase your staffing levels if you are involved in these services deemed essential.  

What does this mean for you? Find out here >> 

  • For those businesses that can operate remotely from home - all employees will need to work from home, except for essential services.
  • All other businesses (except those in the essential services list) such as retailers, restaurants, bars, cafes and takeaways will need to close.
  • Schools will be closed from end of school Monday.
  • Public transport will only be available for essential services.
  • Essential services will remain open (supermarkets, petrol stations, pharmacies, banks) during all Alert Levels.
  • For more information, and details, please visit

Finance Minister Grant Robertson has also announced an extension of the Government’s Economic Response Package, taking the total package from $5.1billion to $9.3billion. This will include:

  • Expansion of the Wage Subsidy eligibility
  • Removing the $150k cap
  • All businesses are eligible
  • Includes businesses less than a year old
  • Self-employed are now included
  • Support duration from eight weeks to 12 weeks
  • Charities and incorporated societies are now eligible

The Finance Minister also confirmed new interventions that are currently being put together and we will bring you more information as this unfolds including:

  • New Business Financing Guarantee Scheme

  • Freezing rent increases

  • Mortgage assistance

  • Further income support for workers

If you have not yet talked to your bank, we encourage all businesses to open lines of communication with their bank and have a plan in place.


Economic Response Package – Apply NOW

If you have not yet applied for the Employer Subsidy Package, we encourage you to do so given today’s announcement is likely to have an impact on all businesses.


Chamber COVID-19 Event
The Chamber will be live-streaming a Critical Update event on Wednesday 25 March at 9.30am please click here to find out more or register. We encourage all North Canterbury businesses to register for this event.


ENC is Going Virtual
Following today’s announcement from the Prime Minister, our physical office – including that of Visit Waimakariri and the Kaiapoi i-SITE Visitor Centre - has closed from 5pm today (Monday). But our staff are still working hard to provide information and support to you at this time.

You can contact our Business Support team on: 

Alternatively, you can:

We urge you to follow the links in this email and to contact us if you need support or guidance at this time.

Kind regards,

Heather Warwick, CEO