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Prefab Restaurant Level 2 in Wellington will remain closed, reopening when it is safe to do so.

Prefab Restaurant in Central Wellington is currently closed for health and safety reasons.  (File photo)

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Prefab Restaurant in Central Wellington is currently closed for health and safety reasons. (File photo)

The Prefab restaurant in central Wellington is currently closed, citing health and safety reasons for its reluctance to open under Level 2 restrictions.

Owner Jeff Kennedy said he would try to reopen when he was satisfied.

“It’s impossible for us to break Delta’s new rules responsibly,” he said. “A cafe is a place where people eat, drink, talk, meet, cook, serve, clean, wash, prepare food. It’s a great storm to spread aerosols. Which causes infection.

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Level 2 rules mean that masks can be taken off at hospitality venues.

“The amount of exhaled and inhaled air cannot be fully absorbed through the mask, especially if they are not,” Kennedy said.

Of The 180-seat cafe was founded in 2013. By Kennedy and Bridget Dunn.

A September 7 Facebook post said: “Unfortunately, Prefab will not operate under the current Alert Level 2 restrictions.

“We will provide updates on any future changes. Meanwhile, we will still be distributing ACME bread and coffee beans.

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