Auckland businesses call for more Government assistance to survive COVID-19 lockdown

Most Aucklanders expected the news they were staying in alert level 4 for another two weeks but hearing it wasn't exactly welcomed.  

Businesses in particular are wondering just how they're going to survive and are calling for more Government assistance to get through.

If you think you've got it tough, spare a thought for the Upton family. They're attempting to work from home while looking after their five-year-old Harriet and twin two year olds Sebastian and Charlie.

They've got at least two more weeks to go. 

"This outbreak in Auckland is not yet contained," data modeller Michael Plank says. 

Plank says it's the right decision but would want to see case numbers drop well below 30 a day before the supercity moves to alert level 3.

"Let's not get ahead of ourselves," Plank says. "The numbers have come down today but there's still a lot of work left to do." 

That means staying at home and continuing to work. 

"It's not going to be much fun but it's the right thing to do," Shannon Green who is working from home says. 

A new Otago University study found working from home has been easier than last year's lockdown. In fact, 63 percent of respondents said they found it easy or extremely easy to work effectively. However 30 percent found it somewhat or extremely difficult.

It's a sentiment echoed by the vast majority of businesses too.

"There is no business owner who is comfortably sitting at home and not worrying about how he's going to pay his next bill," Meltrons owner Michael Koshy says. 

Meltrons has had an 80 percent drop in income and wants the Government to directly help businesses, not just employees.

"We're looking at about seven to eight weeks until we get back on our feet again all the while the costs have to be borne by us as individual business owners," Koshy says.  

The gloom has well and truly set in over the supercity and the morale boosts will only go so far.  

"Auckland has done it tough and done it tough for all of us," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. "I know we're all grateful." 

Aucklanders should get used to their morning commute, the long walk to freedom is clearly some way off.  

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