Businesses keep doors shut after COVID-19 recovery derailed

The decision to stay in alert level 3 and 2 means many businesses can still operate.

But with a wage subsidy extension confirmed in-principle, some businesses have decided to keep their doors shut.

The popular Auckland restaurant Cassia has reverted to pick-up only again.

Restaurateurs Chand and Sid Sahrawat have closed their other restaurants around the city.

"I kind of anticipated it but it's still quite gutting," Chand says.

"We don't want to take the risk of losing more money than we try and make."

They're awaiting more information about the extra wage subsidy extension set to be announced on Monday.

"The parameters are not certain yet, so we don't know if it's 30 percent of 40 percent," Chand says.

"We've already had, for example, Cassia had the eight-week subsidy, and I still have questions around that."

It's seriously needed. The reemergence of COVID has already seen small businesses' recovery derailed.

"Business has kind of taken a bit of a drop, we have had some bookings coming through, but because of what's been happening this week, the phone has kind of died down a bit," says Graham Howell, from Mt Eden Tyre and Mechanical.

Big companies aren't immune either. Air New Zealand's had its wings clipped, again.

"We were sort of operating around 70 percent of where we were pre-COVID, and what we'll see over the next week or so is we'll be down to around 5 percent," says CEO Greg Foran.

In an effort to make some money, Newshub can reveal Air New Zealand has applied to the Chinese government to add another weekly flight from Auckland to Shanghai to its schedule.

"We have applied and I think are very close to be able to secure an extra flight to Shanghai which would be both terrific from a passenger and cargo perspective," Foran says.

Terrific's a word that's rarely used among business owners these days trying to get back on their feet, or up in the air.