Rule Change: Service Stations Can’t Sell Hot Drinks, Bakery Food

The Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) made a rule change this week that prevents service stations selling hot drinks and bakery food, but the Motor Trade Association said it is frustrated with the change.

The new rule contradicted guidance given at the beginning of lockdown. Association chief executive Craig Pomare said its members were hurting and they needed certainty, timely communication and consideration about their plight from the Government and its agencies.

Before the rule change, it was hospitality business owners who were frustrated at the fact that service stations had been allowed to sell hot food and drink, when restaurants and cafés can’t operate under Alert Level 4.

Service stations had been following all the hygiene rules and observing social distancing requirements when selling drinks and unpacked food since the country went into Alert Level 4, after the association had sought clarification from MBIE on August 19.