The announcement of a return to Alert Levels 2 and 3, is another blow for an industry already struggling for survival says Restaurant Association CEO Marisa Bidois.
“Obviously this is a major blow for our industry which is already struggling to recover from the compounded impact of changes to alert levels and border closures. With borders closed, our revenues continue to suffer and these changes of alert levels are incredibly difficult to manage.
“Many businesses will have stocked up on food for the days ahead and will now incur wastage costs on top of significantly reduced revenues.
“However, our industry would far rather a short time at level 3 than these extended closure periods we are seeing in other parts of the world. We remain hopeful that we will have a return to a level where we fully open for business by next weekend.”
Alert level operational guidelines for hospitality businesses are available via the Restaurant Association of New Zealand website www.restaurantnz.co.nz.
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