Alert Level Changes – February 2021

Updates to any alert levels are available from the ‘Unite against COVID-19’ site.

When there is an escalation from Alert Level 1 to Alert Level 2 or higher, the government has a financial support plan for businesses in place. You can find out more about this here and here.

We all need to work together to prevent COVID-19 from returning to our community. 

Make sure you are following the government’s latest advice, including:

  • Staying at home if you are unwell.
  • Using the COVID Tracer App – scanning QR codes wherever you are and turn on Bluetooth tracing.
  • Maintain hygiene protocols – washing your hands often with soap for 20 seconds, or sanitise.
  • Wearing masks on public transport.


COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment

There is now a COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment (STAP) available for businesses from 9 February 2021. This is to help pay their employees who have been told to self-isolate while waiting for a COVID-19 test result, and can’t come into work and aren’t able to work from home while waiting for their results. This payment is also available for self-employed workers.

This is a one-off payment of $350, which can be applied for each eligible employee once in a 30 day period. For more information visit the Work and Income website here.



Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for any human resources, recruitment or people support that you might need.