Encouraged By the Easing of Alert Levels

While the Government’s decision to bring Auckland down to Alert Level 2 on Wednesday, 23 September at 11.59pm and the rest of the country to Alert Level 1 from today was anticipated, Hospitality New Zealand are still preparing its members for the long road ahead.

“Moving the rest of the country to operate with the freedoms of Alert Level 1 again is much needed, especially for bar and nightclub operators who haven’t been able to operate through Alert Level 2,” noted Hospitality New Zealand Chief Executive, Julie White.

Hospitality NZ pointed out that removing some of the restrictions from Alert Level 2.5 in Auckland such as the 10-person cap on social gatherings is welcomed, however, in the hospitality industry working at Level 2 is still a constraining environment and sadly, it won’t be enough to save those who were already struggling.

“With the proposed restrictions for Auckland to be reviewed in 14 days’ time, this means five weeks of restrictive conditions for our Auckland hospitality operators. While we’re supportive of the Government in trying to contain the virus with the health and wellbeing of all Kiwis being the number one priority, we do hope Auckland is eased to Level 1 very soon, especially since the virus is under control – because a swift move to Level 1 for Auckland benefits the entire nation,” continued White.

“In the meantime, we encourage all Kiwis to use the COVID Tracer App, no matter where they are in New Zealand. Hospitality businesses continue to use operating guidelines to ensure health and safety standards are met – so we ask all Kiwis to get back out there and continue to support their local hospitality businesses - that’s the only way our sector will survive.”