The announcement of the move to Alert Level 3 will help local enterprises

The Prime Minister's announcement offers clarity around the forward process beyond Level 4, and will be welcome news for the region's enterprises who are looking to resume trading as soon as possible.
 
We will move to Alert Level 3 a week from today, which will give businesses a window to plan. This week will give many the chance to get ready to operate as possible from next week. 
 
While Level 3 requires us to work from home wherever we are able to, there is the opportunity for our region's enterprises to operate - safely and with the necessary limits to customer contact. 
 
Our tourism and hospitality sectors will remain significantly impacted under Level 3 and even Level 2. But the announcement today does provide ability to plan, with the useful signal of moving to level 2 on 12 May, all things going well.  
 
Our message to the region as we head towards Level 3 is to support the businesses in your region. While it is seductive to shop online, Taranaki's economy needs you to invest in it right now, and get money circulating.
 
The health of our economy is based on the collective health of the 14,000-odd enterprises that operate in our region.
 
We must all continue to work to ensure our country does not return to Level 4 once we leave it, an outcome which would have a significant and negative impact on our region's economic recovery. We must do all we can to ensure we meet the goal of transitioning to Alert Level 2 on 12 May.