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Christine Pope was among the customers of The Beach Cafe in Invercargill on Wednesday when some businesses were able to reopen under Alert Level 3 regulations.
A catch-up on Coffee, Scones, Takeaway and the multi-million dollar CBD block development signaled Southland to Level 3 on Wednesday.
Kate French, co-owner of Beach Cafe, said it was great to see customers come back and smile.
About French thinking 130 cheeses and bacon were sold quietly and hundreds of candies were bought through the click and click service.
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The French said systems used during Alert Level 3 last year were reintroduced on Wednesday, but some procedures will improve in the next day or two.
“We have a fast moving system.”
Consumers Caroline Thompson and Christine Pope said they were looking forward to the beach reopening.
“I’m looking for it during the lockdown,” Thompson said.
“You can’t get enough like that … I’m a big fan.”
Anwar Kargil Central Project Director Geoff Cotton said that 10 or 11 business days have been lost due to lockdown in the reconstruction of CBD block, but efforts will be made to catch it.
“We will allow them. [construction workers] Go back quickly, then we’ll take a look at the project to see if we can pay a little more and make it a little harder to put it off for a while.
The farmers’ building is scheduled to open on May 19, 2022, Cotton added.
About 50 workers, including the administration, managed to return to the site under Alert Level 3 on Wednesday. Most of the 140 will return on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Nicole Garden Center’s assistant manager, Yvonne Ostendorp, said phones were ringing before the center opened on Wednesday morning.
The staff had to work quickly in anticipation of a busy day, and they weren’t wrong.
“All the staff have been at the pumps all day,” he said.
“It’s such a lovely day that I think consumers are really happy that they can go ahead and do some gardening.”
In the southern city, the pantry’s manager, Ale O’Brien, said it was calm on Wednesday, but she was expecting the alert level to drop as she was busy.
The pantry continued to operate during Alert Level 4 as it was an essential service. At Level 3, people were able to come to the store to click and submit, and delivery was also taking place.
When it was quiet, people were still coming to the store to get coffee.
“Nice to see people.”
O’Brien said he thought people might still be a little bit conscious about going to Level 3.
While most of New Zealand moved to Alert Level 3 at 11.59pm on Tuesday, Auckland and Northland remained at Level 4.
People are still encouraged to work from home in Level 3, and children will stay home.
Legally, everyone has to live in their own bubble when they are not at work or school. Face veils should be worn on public transport, ride-sharing and insider trading.
At Level 3, businesses can open as long as it does not involve close physical contact. Businesses that offer click and deposit and delivery can open as long as the contact is not equipped and staff continue to practice high standards of hygiene, including face masks.