Now that most of New Zealand is back in Covid-19 Alert Level 2, reporter John Cosgrove talks to businesses about how they are coping this time around.
Greenfields Tavern owner Karen Mills said coping with Alert Level 2 this time around was all right as many of her customers were receptive to the restrictions.
“Many said, ‘Argh, not that again’, but quickly adopted the rules we have to trade under,” Mrs Mills said.
“My regulars all started signing in and sanitising before they came into the bar.
“As a majority of my customers over the weekend were seniors it was great to see the younger ones all looking out for them and respecting the 2m rule and sitting down.
“We are lucky here because we are a small country pub and everyone is adhering to the rules but I wonder if it is harder for those bigger city pubs to cope with the numbers coming down to watch the rugby and socialise.”
Hairworkz owner Carleigh Frisby said she was prepared.
“Sign’s out. Distances back in again,’’ Mrs Frisby said.
‘‘It was pretty easy this time to revert back to Alert Level 2 lockdown as we have been there, done that before.
“The only difference now is our great customers have to remember to bring their own reading material and coffee with them as sadly we are not allowed to offer those services under the lockdown rules.”
Returning to Alert Level 2 was like a baptism of fire for Doug Nesbit Funeral Services new owner Stan Leishman.
“My first funeral and suddenly we had to factor in all the Level 2 lockdown rules,’’ Mr Leishman said.
“We quickly advised the family of the new limits of only 100 people allowed to attend, which added to the stress, but gratefully everyone complied and actually a lot less turned up than expected as we think the older senior citizens stayed away.”
Apart from Auckland, which is in Alert Level 3, the rest of New Zealand moved to Alert Level 2 at noon on Wednesday, August 12, until 11.59pm on August 26.