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Donna Stewart spent most of her Tuesdays preparing for the Alert Level 3 at the Switch Espresso Cafe in New Brighton.
The return of coffee and takeaways is upon us.
From Wednesday, unnecessary. Businesses could reopen in south Auckland. If they can do so safely – by removing staff and non-contact pickups and deliveries.
Retailers, grocery stores, manufacturers, construction companies and other businesses will open for the first time in a fortnight, and owners and staff are preparing ahead of time.
Coffee shops, takeaways and golf clubs in Canterbury are the most ready to go on the alert level switch.
Donna Stuart Cowade, owner of Switch Espresso Cafe in New Brighton, Christchurch, was putting up 19 Tracer app stickers, installing mobile aphthops, and rearranging the store to provide seamless service.
The cafe is open from 8 a.m., offering takeaway coffee, cabinet food and Father’s Day hampers.
“We’re all local supporters. We know what it’s like to be a small business these days,” Stewart said.
Mario Ficktner, co-owner of Arbor Bar Pizza Restaurant in Littleton, was making dough on site Tuesday to be ready to order pizza at Level 3.
The team was there most of the day and would be there until evening, setting up campuses and rolling out flour.
Faktner was also adding some finishing touches to the site, including cleaning up old trash, putting up signs and general spruce up.
Caffeine Laboratory is another location in central Christchurch that is preparing for Alert Level 3 trading.
Owner James Bagri was laying the floor in the landscapes, marking and changing the layout on Tuesdays from 8am to 12pm for the cafe, and from 4pm to 9pm for burgers and street food.
“Revised hours will give us some income and allow us to give our workers a few hours.”
Cafe was taking orders by phone, its website and social media platforms.
Golf clubs are also among those allowed to reopen in limited capacity, Alert Level 3.
Golf should be played inside bubbles, flags should be removed from holes and racks taken from bunkers. Level 3 clubhouses and carts are not allowed, three times must be booked in advance, and must sign on arrival.
Andrew Bell, the superintendent of Hororata Golf Club, was working hard to make it happen.
Bell mowed the lawn and cut off the communal drinking fountains, while putting the finishing touches on the safe setup from the cove.
He was sure that it would be good to go to the course on time.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield are chairing the lockdown briefing for August 31.
Surfing is also allowed on Alert Level 3.
Summer Beach in Christchurch is expected to host some surfing enthusiasts on Wednesday morning.
The government will review Level 3 alert outside Auckland on September 6. Auckland will remain at Level 4 for at least another two weeks.
Lian Watson, chief executive of the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce, said targeted government support was needed for businesses that could neither open nor operate under Level 3 capacity.