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Strict level 2 rules leave a bitter taste for bar owners.

Hayden Marines, owner of 5 Taped Bar, can't hide his frustration with the need to wear a mask.

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Hayden Marines, owner of 5 Taped Bar, can’t hide his frustration with the need to wear a mask.

“Interesting”, “funny”, “crazy”. Hayden Marins, owner of the Bullion Ham Bar, does not underestimate the value of words. New Alert Level 2 Restrictions. For cafes, bars, restaurants and nightclubs.

Indoor space requirements now include a limit of 50 people, scanning, social distance, wearing a mask and sitting.

On Monday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said people were allowed to take off their masks at hospitality venues so they could eat and drink.

“It’s no use if you’re going to wear a mask and take it off, but for some reason they made it mandatory to wear a mask that looks crazy,” Marins said. 5 tapped. Times

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The bar has a capacity of 130 people, Marines said. During busy hours, a staff member of up to 50 people will be required to monitor the numbers.

“We will be separating the chairs to keep the distance between the groups but it should be very easy to keep the distance with 50 people,” he said.

The new 50-person limit halves the internal capacity for the hospitality business from last year's Level 2 rules.

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The new 50-person limit halves the internal capacity for the hospitality business from last year’s Level 2 rules.

The Marines said they were happy to reopen, but the situation was disappointing.

“The only question is, do we really need all the restrictions on the South Island that have no case of Covid 19?”

“With the length of the lockdown, we have been out of business for a long time and small businesses are struggling.

“There are subsidies for employees, which is a good thing, but if the business is not built through unlocking, there are no jobs for employees,” Marines said.

Public house Owner Paul Frost said Alert Level 2 rules were particularly strict for the hospitality business.

“The hat of 50 people is disturbing because we are a big venue, with a capacity of 90 to 100 people and a lot of live music.

Especially at this time of year when people want to stay indoors because it’s hot.

“Winter doesn’t boil down to hospitality, so it certainly won’t help us make money, but hopefully we’ll be able to cover our expenses.”

“Working at Level 2 was just about keeping businesses alive and putting them at the forefront of people’s minds,” he said.

Frost said the bar will do its best to make sure people follow the rules.

“It’s in the best interest of our business, and that’s the last time we’ve found it. The fact that we’ve really pushed sanctions has made people feel comfortable,” Frost said.

MOA Brewery and Beer Garden Manager Mark Campbell said they have a new beer and a new food truck.

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MOA Brewery and Beer Garden Manager Mark Campbell said they have a new beer and a new food truck.

Eager to bring our faithful punters back through the gates, MOA Brewery and Beer Garden. Manager Mark Campbell said he was happy to reopen.

“We’ve got a good loyal group on a regular basis, especially on Friday night, so it would be nice to see them again.

“We have the advantage of having most of the space outside, so we will make sure that our tables are quite separate and people have enough space.

“On a sunny day we can easily get more than 100 people, so we will keep an eye on it but do our best not to reject people.”

Campbell said he would have additional staff to meet Level 2 requirements, but said people were familiar with the rules.

Wearing a mask is not ideal for anyone but the rest of the world has been doing this for a year and a half, so we should not complain too much. It’s good to be open.

“We have some new beer and a new food truck on display.”

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