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Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce COVID19 updates

Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce has been supporting industry and businesses across the Port Macquarie region for over thirty years. Our vibrant and innovative municipality benefits from the strong advocacy and guidance of the Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce in growing the economic and social capital of our community. As the longest serving network in the region, we have witnessed our home town evolve from a humble little fishing village into a vibrant cultural hub and world-class travel destination.

We are now in an unusual situation which we believe requires specific attention by all business nationally and in our region. This page will be updated regularly in an effort to provide links to relevant information as it becomes available.

 

 

As of 6 July 2020:

Current restrictions on businesses

All businesses can now open and operate under the one person per 4 square metre rule.

Under the rules, employers must allow employees to work from home where it is reasonably practical to do so.

For some types of businesses, you are required to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan. A COVID-19 Safety plan is recommended for other types of businesses. Find out about developing a COVID-19 Safety Plan for your business.

Premises requiring COVID-19 Safety Plan

Open

Find out more about developing a COVID-19 Safety Plan to help protect your staff, customers and visitors as you get back to business.

Occupiers of the following premises are required to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Schedule 1
Item No.
Premises
Item 1 Amusement centres
For playing billiards, pool, pinball machines, computer or video games and other similar activities.
Item 2 Aquariums
Item 3 Auction houses
Item 4 Betting agencies
Beauty and other services
Nail, waxing and tanning salons, spas, tattoo parlours and massage parlours
Item 6 Caravan parks and camping grounds
Item 7 Casinos
Item 8 Community centres and halls
Item 9 Drive-in cinemas
Item 10 Entertainment facilities
Theatre, cinema, music hall, concert hall, dance hall and similar premises
Item 11 Food and drink premises
Item 12 Food courts
Item 13 Function centres
Includes conference, convention, exhibition and reception centres
Item 14 Information and education facilities
Includes art galleries, museums, libraries, visitor information centres
Item 15 Markets: artisan, clothing, crafts
Products sold by independent stallholders at temporary or permanent structures and includes intermittent or occasional market events
Item 16 Micro-breweries, small distilleries
Item 17 Places of public worship
Building or place for religious worship
Item 18 National Trust and Historic Houses Trust properties
Item 19 Public indoor swimming pools
Item 20 Public outdoor swimming pools
Item 21 Pubs and registered clubs
Item 22 Recreation facilities (indoor)
Includes squash courts, indoor swimming pools, gyms, table tennis centres, health studios, bowling alleys, ice rinks or similar recreation activities
Item 23 Recreation facilities (major)
Includes theme parks, sports stadiums, showgrounds, racecourses and motor racing tracks
Item 24 Sex on premises venues
Where sex between patrons is permitted
Item 25 Sex services premises (brothel)
Item 26 Strip clubs
Item 27 Vessels used for commercial scuba diving and snorkelling tours or for commercial whale, dolphin or marine animal watching tours
Item 28 Vessels used for hosting functions or commercial tours (other than tours in item 27)
Item 29 Zoos and reptile parks

Music festivals and nightclubs

Closed

  • Music festivals within the meaning of the Music Festivals Act 2019 and including a music festival attended by fewer than 2000 people are not permitted.
  • Night clubs are currently closed.

 

 

EMPLOYER ENROLMENT FOR JOBKEEPER SUBSIDY OPEN:

Details and enrolment form: HERE

COUNCIL ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE PLANS:

Chamber have made a submission to Council regarding the Local Economic Assistance Plan. Details HERE

RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES:

The NSW government has introduced measures to help landlords and residential tenants work together during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 6-month package is designed to support tenancies to continue wherever possible. You  will find further details HERE

COMMERCIAL TENANCIES:

A mandatory commercial tenancies ‘code of conduct’ was announced by the National Cabinet.
The purpose of the Code is to impose a set of leasing principles for commercial tenancies (including retail, office and industrial) between owners/operators/other landlords and tenants. It will apply in circumstances where the tenant is a small-medium sized business (annual turnover of up to $50 million) and is an eligible business for the purpose of the Australian Government’s JobKeeper programme.
Landlords must not cancel a lease and tenants must honour lease requirements, although deferrals and waivers of proportions of rent may be made in consultation.
The arrangements will be overseen by binding mediation and a mandatory code will be rolled out in each state and territory.
You can view further details HERE
You can view the code HERE

 

  • Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce has postponed all events and meetings that had been scheduled to occur prior to June 30. Chamber will now focus in coordinating and providing links and access to relevant information to the business community in the region. While most of our people will be working from home, the office will usually be manned Monday to Thursday 9am to 2pm. If you require urgent assistance outside these times call Mark Wilson on 0412 221 204.

 

  • The 2020 Coastline Credit Union Greater Port Macquarie Business Awards Gala Dinner was scheduled for July 25, but will be postponed. We are investigating alternative dates and will advise when rescheduled.

 

RECENT NEWS AND ADVICE:

  • Gathering capacities in any other indoor situation must allow for a 4 square metre area surrounding each attendee. If your room is 4 metres by 10, therefore 40 square metres, it can hold 10 people maximum.
  •  The Australian Banking Association has announced that all small businesses who are impacted by Coronavirus will be entitled to a six-month deferral on all business loans. Contact your lender for advice.
  • Mandatory isolation of returning overseas travellers continues.
  • There are new measures in place for visiting elderly relatives in aged care.
  • PMHC Council have closed any Customer facing office situations including libraries and the Glasshouse, but staff are still working. Please make contact via phone and email.

INFORMATION LINKS:

  • PM Scott Morrison has also announced an increased  targeted stimulus package of $66Bn including significant relief for small business – for details go to: Federal Govt Business Assistance Link
  • NSW State Govt – Payroll Tax waiver for 3 months & increase threshold to $1m as well as waiver of other small business fees. Find NSW Government business guidelines and assistance here: NSW Business and employee support
  • Useful Federal Treasury department information for business: treasury.gov.au/coronavirus
  • Business Australia (formerly NSW Business Chamber) has provided detailed advice on their web site for all business and their staff, go to their advice site: EMPLOYER’S GUIDE TO CORONAVIRUS
  • Safework NSW advice and guidance for workplaces:   SAFEWORK NSW Guide and Advice
  • Port Macquarie Hastings Council website: PMHC HOME
  • Business.gov.au support line: 13 28 46

 

 

  • Chamber is recommending that local businesses:
    • Have the necessary plans in place to operate as normal as possible,
    • Keep up to date and informed with any new developments around COVID19 and amend plans accordingly,
    • Communicate with staff and customers to reassure them that you have appropriate plans in place,
    • Increase hygiene practices and awareness in the workplace,
    • Review and communicate your travel and sick policies with your team.
    • Encourage and even demand that any of your people self isolate at any indication of illness.
    • In a shopfront situation, Think about a concierge service at your front door to limit numbers at any given time.
    • Any business operator who needs assistance or guidance please contact us.

 

LOOK AFTER YOURSELF – IF YOU  OR ANYONE YOU KNOW NEEDS HELP:

 

Please support your community through these challenging times by buying local whenever possible. 

 

Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce COVID19 updates

Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce has been supporting industry and businesses across the Port Macquarie region for over thirty years. Our vibrant and innovative municipality benefits from the strong advocacy and guidance of the Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce in growing the economic and social capital of our community. As the longest serving network in the region, we have witnessed our home town evolve from a humble little fishing village into a vibrant cultural hub and world-class travel destination.

We are now in an unusual situation which we believe requires specific attention by all business nationally and in our region. This page will be updated regularly in an effort to provide links to relevant information as it becomes available.

 

 

As of 6 July 2020:

Current restrictions on businesses

All businesses can now open and operate under the one person per 4 square metre rule.

Under the rules, employers must allow employees to work from home where it is reasonably practical to do so.

For some types of businesses, you are required to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan. A COVID-19 Safety plan is recommended for other types of businesses. Find out about developing a COVID-19 Safety Plan for your business.

Premises requiring COVID-19 Safety Plan

Open

Find out more about developing a COVID-19 Safety Plan to help protect your staff, customers and visitors as you get back to business.

Occupiers of the following premises are required to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Schedule 1
Item No.
Premises
Item 1 Amusement centres
For playing billiards, pool, pinball machines, computer or video games and other similar activities.
Item 2 Aquariums
Item 3 Auction houses
Item 4 Betting agencies
Beauty and other services
Nail, waxing and tanning salons, spas, tattoo parlours and massage parlours
Item 6 Caravan parks and camping grounds
Item 7 Casinos
Item 8 Community centres and halls
Item 9 Drive-in cinemas
Item 10 Entertainment facilities
Theatre, cinema, music hall, concert hall, dance hall and similar premises
Item 11 Food and drink premises
Item 12 Food courts
Item 13 Function centres
Includes conference, convention, exhibition and reception centres
Item 14 Information and education facilities
Includes art galleries, museums, libraries, visitor information centres
Item 15 Markets: artisan, clothing, crafts
Products sold by independent stallholders at temporary or permanent structures and includes intermittent or occasional market events
Item 16 Micro-breweries, small distilleries
Item 17 Places of public worship
Building or place for religious worship
Item 18 National Trust and Historic Houses Trust properties
Item 19 Public indoor swimming pools
Item 20 Public outdoor swimming pools
Item 21 Pubs and registered clubs
Item 22 Recreation facilities (indoor)
Includes squash courts, indoor swimming pools, gyms, table tennis centres, health studios, bowling alleys, ice rinks or similar recreation activities
Item 23 Recreation facilities (major)
Includes theme parks, sports stadiums, showgrounds, racecourses and motor racing tracks
Item 24 Sex on premises venues
Where sex between patrons is permitted
Item 25 Sex services premises (brothel)
Item 26 Strip clubs
Item 27 Vessels used for commercial scuba diving and snorkelling tours or for commercial whale, dolphin or marine animal watching tours
Item 28 Vessels used for hosting functions or commercial tours (other than tours in item 27)
Item 29 Zoos and reptile parks

Music festivals and nightclubs

Closed

  • Music festivals within the meaning of the Music Festivals Act 2019 and including a music festival attended by fewer than 2000 people are not permitted.
  • Night clubs are currently closed.

 

 

EMPLOYER ENROLMENT FOR JOBKEEPER SUBSIDY OPEN:

Details and enrolment form: HERE

COUNCIL ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE PLANS:

Chamber have made a submission to Council regarding the Local Economic Assistance Plan. Details HERE

RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES:

The NSW government has introduced measures to help landlords and residential tenants work together during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 6-month package is designed to support tenancies to continue wherever possible. You  will find further details HERE

COMMERCIAL TENANCIES:

A mandatory commercial tenancies ‘code of conduct’ was announced by the National Cabinet.
The purpose of the Code is to impose a set of leasing principles for commercial tenancies (including retail, office and industrial) between owners/operators/other landlords and tenants. It will apply in circumstances where the tenant is a small-medium sized business (annual turnover of up to $50 million) and is an eligible business for the purpose of the Australian Government’s JobKeeper programme.
Landlords must not cancel a lease and tenants must honour lease requirements, although deferrals and waivers of proportions of rent may be made in consultation.
The arrangements will be overseen by binding mediation and a mandatory code will be rolled out in each state and territory.
You can view further details HERE
You can view the code HERE

 

  • Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce has postponed all events and meetings that had been scheduled to occur prior to June 30. Chamber will now focus in coordinating and providing links and access to relevant information to the business community in the region. While most of our people will be working from home, the office will usually be manned Monday to Thursday 9am to 2pm. If you require urgent assistance outside these times call Mark Wilson on 0412 221 204.

 

  • The 2020 Coastline Credit Union Greater Port Macquarie Business Awards Gala Dinner was scheduled for July 25, but will be postponed. We are investigating alternative dates and will advise when rescheduled.

 

RECENT NEWS AND ADVICE:

  • Gathering capacities in any other indoor situation must allow for a 4 square metre area surrounding each attendee. If your room is 4 metres by 10, therefore 40 square metres, it can hold 10 people maximum.
  •  The Australian Banking Association has announced that all small businesses who are impacted by Coronavirus will be entitled to a six-month deferral on all business loans. Contact your lender for advice.
  • Mandatory isolation of returning overseas travellers continues.
  • There are new measures in place for visiting elderly relatives in aged care.
  • PMHC Council have closed any Customer facing office situations including libraries and the Glasshouse, but staff are still working. Please make contact via phone and email.

INFORMATION LINKS:

  • PM Scott Morrison has also announced an increased  targeted stimulus package of $66Bn including significant relief for small business – for details go to: Federal Govt Business Assistance Link
  • NSW State Govt – Payroll Tax waiver for 3 months & increase threshold to $1m as well as waiver of other small business fees. Find NSW Government business guidelines and assistance here: NSW Business and employee support
  • Useful Federal Treasury department information for business: treasury.gov.au/coronavirus
  • Business Australia (formerly NSW Business Chamber) has provided detailed advice on their web site for all business and their staff, go to their advice site: EMPLOYER’S GUIDE TO CORONAVIRUS
  • Safework NSW advice and guidance for workplaces:   SAFEWORK NSW Guide and Advice
  • Port Macquarie Hastings Council website: PMHC HOME
  • Business.gov.au support line: 13 28 46

 

 

  • Chamber is recommending that local businesses:
    • Have the necessary plans in place to operate as normal as possible,
    • Keep up to date and informed with any new developments around COVID19 and amend plans accordingly,
    • Communicate with staff and customers to reassure them that you have appropriate plans in place,
    • Increase hygiene practices and awareness in the workplace,
    • Review and communicate your travel and sick policies with your team.
    • Encourage and even demand that any of your people self isolate at any indication of illness.
    • In a shopfront situation, Think about a concierge service at your front door to limit numbers at any given time.
    • Any business operator who needs assistance or guidance please contact us.

 

LOOK AFTER YOURSELF – IF YOU  OR ANYONE YOU KNOW NEEDS HELP:

 

Please support your community through these challenging times by buying local whenever possible. 

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