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Brew Union owner Murray Cleggorn says the bar was losing money when Level 2 allowed 100 people inside, but now it is halfway through questioning how long the bar can survive. ۔
Owners of Palmerston North Bar are struggling to break even under the strict Delta version of Warning Level 2, wondering how much longer their businesses can survive.
Restaurants, pubs and bars are reopening outside Auckland when Alert Level 2 went into effect on Wednesday, but for many it is another question. Reducing losses with a realistic hope of making money..
Bar owners Murray Cleggorn and Ricky Quirk said the new restrictions allow the maximum number of killers to be cut in half, up to 50.
The situation quickly became unbearable, and the transfer of two weeks’ frame and short notice made it impossible to plan or decide if they could make it difficult.
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Cleo Horn, who owns Brew Union, said things are too tight, the bar has to run on a strict booking system and those who come late have to be ruthless in their place.
“We have 32 employees who have to avoid 50 customers.
“[And] Put it this way, when the limit was 100, we were losing open money.
Cleggorn said he hopes Level 2 won’t last long, but somehow it’s not likely to be the last.
He said it was difficult to see the long-term future of the brew union in these circumstances.
“I do not want to close. [the bar]. I’ve worked hard to get what I’ve got, as there are a lot of people whose businesses are struggling now … but at some point you’ll have to call it quits.
To make matters worse, Kellygorn said, the hospitality industry has been devastated by massive shutdowns and job losses in most parts of the world.
“The government deserves congratulations.
“We’re lucky, in our little isolated box. But how long can it last?”
Caligurn said most countries had resigned to become epidemics in the 1930s, and that New Zealand would eventually have to work to open it safely to the rest of the world.
He said the government needs to start consulting with industry groups on how to plan for business owners.
Quirk said it was unable to reopen the Daily because it was a large nightclub, but The Cobb and Trader McKenzie were open.
However, only The Cobb, which had three separate areas with their own bars that could be completely closed to each other, had a chance to perform well.
“We’re probably open to losing money, to be honest, but it’s about keeping staff happy and employees happy.”
“It’s hard to say, especially since the government is still making decisions,” Quirk said. Can businesses outside of Auckland claim a level 2 wage subsidy?.
“The only thing that keeps us alive at the current level is the wage subsidy, without it there would be closure and redundancy. [across the industry]. ”
“Even a vague indication of what the long-term situation will be will help,” Quirk said.
“If we knew we could get a salary subsidy at Level 2, and we almost knew how long it would last each time, we might plan to tighten it.”
Gable Wright, owner of Bubbles, The Celtic and The Fish, said he felt things were still uncertain for him to comment on publicly.
However, he was working on plans to reopen Celtic and The Fish at Level 2.