With the country scheduled to move to Alert Level 3 at 11:59pm on 27 April, DWC is working with other stakeholders and local service providers to look at different ways to help retailers get online, promote those already online, and to encourage Coasters to shop locally.
Moving to Alert Level 3 will allow more businesses to operate in some capacity. The shift will enable some in the retail and hospitality industries to open for delivery and contactless pre-ordered pick up – customers still cannot enter stores though.
We are currently looking at different options to help our business community operate in a contactless manner.
For retailers who already have online stores, we encourage you to share with us your website address and details. And for retailers who aren’t currently online, but would like assistance setting up an online store, please contact us.
To get our economy back up and running we need to work together to make the most of the upcoming shift in Levels, while still maintaining social distancing and health and safety practices. Now, more than ever, is the time to support each other and shop locally.
We have also been compiling resources and guideline to help you transition to Alert Level 3 (see below).
To help businesses begin preparing for Alert Level 3, the Government has announced an amendment to Section 70(1)(m) which will allow you to go into your business premises now to do limited, safe activities to begin preparing. (Download PDF).
Under Alert Level 3 all businesses that are permitted to resume operations will need to have a COVID-19 safety plan that sets out how they’ll operate safely. You can download a template at Worksafe.
If you have any questions or need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Development West Coast | Chief Executive
Information for businesses as we move to COVID-19 Alert Level 3.
To help West Coast businesses prepare for the shift to Alert Level 3, DWC has prepared a list of useful resources and guidelines.
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- If your business requires close physical contact it can’t operate.
- Your staff should work from home if they can.
- Customers cannot come onto your premises. Unless you are a supermarket, dairy, petrol station, pharmacy or permitted health service.
- Your business must be contactless. Your customers can pay online, over the phone or in a contactless way. Delivery or pick-up must also be contactless.
- Basic hygiene measures must be maintained. Physical distancing, hand washing and regularly cleaning surfaces. Workers must stay home if they are sick.
- If you used PPE in your business before COVID-19, then keep using it in the same way. If you didn’t use PPE in your business before COVID-19, you don’t need it now. This is advice for retailers, manufacturers and the service industries. Different advice applies to essential healthcare workers, border agencies, courts and tribunal staff, first responders and corrections staff.
Visit health.govt.nz for more advice
- You must meet all other health and safety obligations.
Business.govt provides some useful resources on what the shift in Alert Levels will look like for businesses. They address some frequently asked questions as well as provide examples of what each alert level might look like for different kinds of businesses.
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Getting your business online for Level 3.
The West Coast has a number of talented web designers or you can set up an ecommerce store yourself with: Facebook If your business already has a website, but no online order/payment system:
We recommend you first speak to your website company or designer to get an idea of the best approach for setting this up.
If your business wants to embed your own form of online payment and ordering onto your website (without a web designer):
- Rezgo (used by several tourism operators on the coast)
- Rezdy (another options used by tourism operators)
- Workpress plugins