There has been a little bit of confusion with the resurgence support payment, who is eligible and when applications can be made/are closed, so we thought we would provide a bit of clarification on the details of this government support payment.
When the resurgence support payments scheme was created, applications were able to be made up until one month after all of New Zealand had returned to Alert Level 1.
With the Alert Level system soon being replaced by the COVID-19 Protection Framework, this means the process for the RSP will also change.
Anyone who has previously applied for the RSP will know that you have to show a 30% decline in revenue over a 7 day period. The Government has decided that for the first 3 payments, the decline in revenue period must happen on or before November 1st 2021.
Applications for these first 3 payments close on December 1st 2021.
For further clarity: a business must show a 30% decline in revenue over a seven day period in the increased Alert Level compared to a normal seven day period in the 6 weeks prior to August 17th 2021.
- For the first payment, the decline in revenue must be between August 17th and November 1st. Applications remain open until December 1st 2021.
- For the second payment, the decline in revenue must be between September 8th and November 1st. Applications remain open until December 1st 2021.
- For the third payment, the decline in revenue must be between October 1st and November 1st. Applications remain open until December 1st 2021.
For the fourth payment, the decline in revenue can start no earlier than October 22nd.
The Government did not specify an end date for this payment. Application for this payment opened on October 29th.
The Government has also recently announced that payments will be made available fortnightly from November 12th at double the current amount. This will be available until the COVID-19 Protection Framework comes into effect.
So long as you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply for all of the resurgence support payments, not just one.
This government support is not a loan so it does not need to be paid back (unless it comes to light that you were not eligible to receive the payment).
If you have any questions, do reach out.