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21.08.20
CCBA August Newsletter

The CCBA believed the best way to support the city businesses post COVID Lockdown was to run a place-making event that would hopefully attract a lot of people.

The event was very successful, bringing in a huge amount of people and created quite a buzz through the Retail Precinct. The demographic was distinctively young families and certainly a good percentage of the visitors we have not seen in the city for a long time.

The Ice Skating Rink had just under 2,000 people having a go and the Hagglund Rides and Selfies with the Huskies were also very popular. The Snow managed to hold up over the weekend and was a great finishing touch to all the winter activities. We raised over $13,000 for the Christchurch City Mission through the winter activities.

We are now starting work on a Christmas event in association with the City Mission so we will keep you posted on the planning as it evolves.

Police to be visible in heightened security operation around Christchurch
Police will have an increased and highly visible presence around Christchurch ahead of, and during, next week’s High Court sentencing for the offender convicted of the 15 March terrorist attacks.

Canterbury District Commander Superintendent John Price says Police have been working closely with other agencies in preparation for the sentencing hearing, which is expected to last several days.

New Zealand is at Alert Level 2 except Auckland which is at Alert Level 3. 
Restrictions are in place for businesses to keep workers and customers safe.

All businesses can operate, provided they can meet the rules to operate safely, just as they normally do to meet their duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act. Government agencies won’t make these decisions for businesses.

For more information, check out the business.govt.nz page for Workplace operations at COVID-19 Alert Levels

Business Finance Guarantee Scheme

The Government has launched a Business Finance Guarantee Scheme for small and medium-sized businesses, to protect jobs and support the economy. The Crown in partnership with participating approved banks will support targeted new loans (including increases to existing limits) to eligible businesses, as a response to difficulties caused by COVID-19.

Under the scheme, businesses with annual revenue between $250,000 and $80 million can apply to their banks for loans up to $500,000, for up to three years. The scheme will offer a total of $6.25 billion in loans to New Zealand businesses.

The Government is guaranteeing 80% of the risk, while the banks are covering the remaining 20%. A normal lending process will be followed by the banks, which will make the lending decisions. Further details can be found on the banks' websites.

For more information:

Business Finance Guarantee – applications open (Beehive)

Other COVID-19: Financial support for businesses

COVID-19: Contact tracing with NZ COVID Tracer app

All businesses are required to display government generated QR code posters at all premises from 12pm on Wednesday 19 August. If you have not got your business sorted, find out how to get your QR code poster and what to do if you have multiple sites.