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Restaurant Association calls for operations lockout subsidy

8th September 2021 By Staff Reporter | | @foodtickernz

The Restaurant Association is urging the government to come up with targeted support that reflects the dire situation of its members. 

In a letter to finance minister Grant Robertson, Restaurant Association chief executive Marisa Bidois called for an operations lockout subsidy for employers – targeted support that would pass directly to business owners locked out of trading at alert levels 4, 3 and 2.

“Now more than ever, business owners are in need of targeted support in order to mitigate rising fixed costs,” Bidois said.

“This is felt exponentially across our industry because at alert level 4 our businesses suffer a 98% drop in revenue; at alert level 3 this is between 60% – 40% and a level 2 where trading is often heavily restricted by spacing rules and other requirements of trading at this level.”

Bidois added that the government’s Covid-19 response had so far been largely employee-centric.



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