A shocked customer walked out of a cafe after being disgusted by other punters’ contempt for Level 2 guidelines, describing what she witnessed as a “rave.”
Canterbury University law professor Annick Masselot said there were certainly more than 50 people inside Bakermans in Christchurch on Wednesday morning, and most were not following the rules.
Masselot said he saw dozens of people wandering the cafe and ordering without a mask at the counter.
“A lot of old people hang out together and move from table to table. It was like a rave party for the over 70s, ”said Masselot.
“I fervently hope that there have been no cases of Covid-19 in the South Island because what I saw today in the cafe really horrified me. Jacinda would cry.
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Hotel businesses outside Auckland reopened to customers on Wednesday under new Level 2 alert rules – unveiled by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday.
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The rules are stricter than last year, with requirements for hospitality venues including mask wear, scanning, social distancing and a maximum of 50 customers, seated, eating and drinking.
Patrons of cafes and restaurants are permitted to remove their masks for eating and drinking, but must wear them at all other times.
Bakermans is a family-run cafe-bakery in Fendalton, an affluent suburb of Christchurch.
His staff declined to comment when contacted by Thing.
“I’m not happy to tell you about it. No comment, ”said the official, who declined to give her name.
At Bohemian Bakery in another part of town, observers reported seeing only one in seven customers scanning, many not wearing a mask, and one customer removing their mask to take their order.
The Tannery, a Woolston shopping center, was quiet when Thing visited on Wednesday morning.
People wore masks in Mitchelli’s cafe and respected social distancing.
Hotel companies said Thing it would be difficult to operate and generate profit according to the new level 2 guidelines.