Auckland and Northland will remain at Level 4 lockdown for two weeks, with a review for Northland to be announced on Thursday September 2. The rest of the country will move to Level 3 from 11.59 pm tomorrow night.
And the businesses doing it hardest, should be fairly compensated for their sacrifice, says Restaurant Association CEO Marisa Bidois.
“The Auckland hospitality industry in particular is paying a heavy price for the elimination strategy,” says Marisa Bidois, Restaurant Association CEO.
“Our most recent feedback from members shows that while they largely support the Level 4 lockdown, 75 per cent of those businesses supplying feedback wouldn’t be financially viable after two weeks at this level.
“What continues to be pushed under the carpet is the crippling losses that so many industries unable to operate at Levels 4 and 3 are facing.
“While we’re pleased to see Northland possibly coming down to Level 3 on Thursday, there should be more financial recognition for our industry, particularly those establishments in Auckland.
“Our industry knows what it needs to do to help us to eliminate COVID once again, but we feel that there should be specific compensation offered to those who stand to lose the most.”