COVID-19 could be with us for some time, so it’s important that businesses have a plan to keep their workforce safe and virus free. Businesses need to develop safe work practices and consider how they can reconfigure their operations to adapt to ongoing restrictions.
We urge all retailers to develop arrangements which will enable them to resume business operations as quickly as possible when the opportunity arises including:
1. Comprehensive plans to prepare so employees and customers know what to expect both in undertaking daily business but also in the event of a COVID-19 related incident or outbreak;
2. Workplace and business models to prevent the spread of COVID-19 which incorporate measures such as physical distancing or barriers and hygiene as appropriate depending on the nature of the business and workplace operations;
3. Plans to respond in the event of an incident involving an infected employee or customer including testing and isolation measures (as well as support for and information flow to employees and their families);
4. Plans and protocols to recover after incidents including cleaning and testing the workplace.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PACKAGES
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Identify the risk associated with Coronavirus
Monitor expert advice as the coronavirus situation develops (national and local public health authority)
Consult with workers regarding potential exposure and the associated risks
Consider whether work activities put workers and other people at risk of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19)
The ARA has welcomed the establishment of a mandatory retail leasing code of conduct by the Morrison government, which will provide major relief to small and medium-sized retailers suffering due to the impact of Coronavirus.
The Code, which will be enforceable through state and territory legislation, imposes a set of good faith leasing principles for application to commercial tenancies, where the tenant is eligible for the JobKeeper program. Rent reductions for eligible tenants, in the form of rent waivers and deferrals, should be based on the reduction in the tenant’s trade during the COVID-19 pandemic period and a subsequent reasonable recovery period.
Retailers should familiarise themselves with the principles and contact their landlords to negotiate a suitable agreement.
ARA's leasing partner, Lease1, is offering a support package that includes important information, including worksheet templates, zoom Q&A sessions, and recovery webinars, to help you through the pandemic.
Retailers can find out more about the leasing support package here.
Do you have questions about COVID-19 affecting your business?
Phone 1300 368 041 or submit a query here