As the unprecedented nation-wide shut down approaches, Kiwi eateries are asking for clarity on government restrictions and essential services.

While the government asked for all bars, restaurants and cafes to close, and takeaway services to cease, chief executive of the Restaurant Association, Marisa Bidois called for clarity.

“We have already been in touch with several officers for clarification on the guidelines,” explained Bidois. “It does include food delivery, but there hasn't been any confirmation as to whether that includes restaurants, using Uber or other delivery services to keep delivering food to people."

Bidois said the association had more than 2300 members and it was seeking answers as many were waiting to find out whether they remained open or not for delivery.

McDonald's said its restaurants, deliveries and drive-through services around the country would be closed by midnight Wednesday.

Domino’s announced its new Meals For Seniors initiative following the government shutdown announcement. Any senior citizen over 70 that lives within a Domino's delivery territory will be eligible for a pizza meal delivered to their home for free.

Unite Union national secretary Gerard Hehir said the initiative was nothing more than a publicity stunt by Domino's and called it socially irresponsible.

Something every one can agree on is that more clarification is needed.

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