Sole traders

Sole traders uniting against COVID-19  

Sole traders can: 

  • follow public health advice including washing and drying hands well before and after any contact with customers  
  • ensure surfaces that are frequently touched – such as desks, countertops, tools, electronics, and doorknobs – are cleaned thoroughly and often 
  • minimise the risks of exposure to COVID-19 by suggesting to your customers they let you know if they are unwell with a cough, fever, or shortness of breath and rescheduling work as needed  
  • apply physical distancing principles at work and minimise face-to-face contact with customers wherever possible. For example, a builder could give their client a call to tell them about any progress, instead of meeting them in person 
  • develop a plan for rescheduling work if customers have to self-isolate or become unwell  
  • reach out to business groups or industry organisations to share information and connect with others in similar situations.

Find out about workplace best practice

Additional resources

Business information relating to COVID-19, how it may affect your business and how you can stay up to date on the business.govt.nz website(external link)

Information about financial assistance for workers and businesses

Information about workplace responses to COVID-19 at the employment.govt.nz website(external link)

Information update about COVID-19 at the employment.govt.nz website(external link)

Information about running a business from home (business.govt.nz)(external link)

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