5th October 2021 By Staff Reporter | email@example.com | @foodtickernz
Targetted support for the hospitality sector is desperately needed if businesses in Auckland are to survive, say industry groups.
Prime minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that Auckland would remain at Covid-19 alert level 3 from midnight tonight, although some restrictions would be eased in a three-step plan to get the region out of lockdown.
“With changes to indoor settings in Auckland being Step 3 in the government’s transition plan, it seems hospitality there will see no significant changes for three or four weeks – or longer – and many will not survive that long without help,” Hospitality New Zealand chief executive Julie White said.
The Restaurant Association joined the call for targetted help for the industry with restaurants in Auckland “on the brink”.
“The Auckland hospitality industry has time and again been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and it is time that our government recognised this by providing financial relief that is specific and targeted to our sector,” the association said.
Both the Restaurant Association and Hospitality New Zealand welcomed the government’s decision to lift the indoor cap at venues in level 2 areas from 100, as long as people were seated and socially distanced.
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