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Hospitality - COVID Alert Level 2

The Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Kris Faafoi, has confirmed that bars and pubs will be able to open once New Zealand moves to COVID Alert Level 2

Paroa Hotel

PHOTO: Patrick McBride.


Bars and pubs will be allowed to open under COVID Alert Level 2 on Thursday under the following rules:


  1. Patrons must be seated.

  2. Patrons must be served a meal, not just drinks.

  3. Serving staff must stick to serving specific tables.

  4. Establishments must ensure no more than 10 people per booking.

  5. Establishments cannot accommodate more than 100 people

  6. Establishments must ensure safe spacing between seated groups.


“The Government understands that the hospitality sector needs to get back up and running after weeks of lockdown, but we need to do it carefully to ensure we don’t lose the success New Zealand has had in the fight against COVID-19,” Kris Faafoi said.


Paroa Hotel's owners are looking forward to opening the doors to some extent, saying the place has been quite eerie the past six weeks.


"It's been weird, we are usually full of people so to look around and see no one is quite a strange feeling". Alan Monk said


Faafoi said it is about giving pubs and bars the chance to get back to business under Alert Level 2, under ANZAC Day-style. He wants people to act responsibly and with the understanding that COVID is still amongst us and can be easily spread.


Monk took shot at Faafoi's guidelines saying the West Coast region should be able to open up and operate as normal.


"Look I have to be honest, I'm disappointed we have to run with these rules, considering we have no cases on the Coast and have had no cases for some time".

The ANZAC-style, food-first rules of trade will be reviewed next week

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