The Country Wakes Up to Lockdown

New Zealand has woken up to Alert Level Four Lockdown this morning after a community case was identified in Devonport. Since then, four other cases have been identified.

The government took swift action as it had previously announced it would if any Delta variant cases were found in the community. New Zealand does not want to echo what is happening in New South Wales so, while a possible seven day lockdown is a huge blow to the hospitality sector, it is better to have a short and sharp reaction than to be stuck in a drawn out lockdown as we have seen across the ditch.

“We are feeling for hospitality businesses who once again will pay the highest possible price to protect the nation from an outbreak of the delta variant,” commented Restaurant Association CEO, Marisa Bidois.

The key message from the last lockdown remains relevant: Stay at home, Save lives, Be tested. This will stop any undetected spread in the community.

At Alert Level 4, restaurants and cafés cannot open to customers. Everyone must stay home and keep within their bubble. Maintain physical distancing from other people to help reduce the spread and if you have cold or flu like symptoms, get a test.

For more information about doing business at Alert Level 4, click here.

You can also find detailed response planning information here.