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Clutha Development is here to support you through this unprecedented time and the challenges that will be faced.

Essential businesses

Essential businesses, and those that support them, will continue to provide the necessities of life for everyone in New Zealand.

What are essential businesses?

Clutha District Council Essential Services

My Little Local Clutha app has a list of essential businesses in the Clutha District.
Visit NEWS > COVID-19 Alerts > "List of LOCAL businesses and services still open" article or click here

If you would like to list your business/service still open - email

If you have any queries around essential services you can get in touch with MBIE at 0508 377 388 or email

Essential services worker letter template - Click here to download

PPE requirements for essential non-health workers - Click here to view


Looking for Workers?

Are you an essential business looking for workers over the next 4 weeks? Or a job seeker looking for work? Please get in touch with us about how we can help you. Email


Accommodation Providers:

  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has provided Guidelines for the Hospitality and Accommodation Services during COVID19 Level 4 restrictions - click here
  • Guidelines for self-isolation temporary accommodation providers - click here


Non-essential businesses

Non-essential businesses must now close, unless able to operate from home.

All bars, restaurants, cafes (including takeaway services), gyms, cinemas, pools, museums, libraries, playgrounds and any other place where the public congregate must close their face to face function.

Employers supporting staff

Employers should support staff by ensuring they follow public health advice in the workplace. 

Guidance for employers and employees(external link) 

Financial support

In response to COVID-19 the Government is acting to support the economy.

The $12.1 billion package includes:

  • a wage subsidy scheme 
  • leave and self-isolation support 
  • business cash flow and tax measures. 

Reminder: To check eligibility and/or to register for wage subsidies and other entitlements, please visit the Ministry of Social Development website - click here

Find information about financial assistance for workers and businesses.

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