No exceptions for anyone: New Zealand Prime Minister turned away from cafe
It is because the restaurant was too full!
Nearly achieving the goal of defeating the novel coronavirus, it looks like New Zealand is still strictly following the COVID-19 guidelines and no exceptions are being made for anyone – even for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
PM Jacinda, along with her fiancée Clarke Gayford, was on her way to have a brunch at Olive, a restaurant in Wellington. But upon reaching, the couple was turned away.
The couple was told that it was ‘too full’ according to the COVID-19 SOPs and hence the cafe refused to entertain them.
Later on, they were chased down and let inside as soon as a spot cleared up.
Omg Jacinda Ardern just tried to come into Olive and was rejected cause it's full. 💀
— Joey 🧜🏻♂️ (@reinvention) May 15, 2020
Replying to this tweet, Gayford said:
I have to take responsibility for this, I didn’t get organized and book anywhere. Was very nice of them to chase us down st when a spot freed up. A+ service.
— Clarke Gayford (@NZClarke) May 16, 2020
Here’s how the people reacted:
This has to be the most Kiwi tweet I’ve ever read… love it, love NZ
— Joanne Butfield (@buttybooo) May 16, 2020
This is peak Wellington culture, I love it.
— worried, of Wadestown (@geuleieeseu) May 17, 2020
Gotta love Wellington cafes! And @jacindaardern of course. ❤️❤️
— Kim Oelofse (@kimoelofse) May 16, 2020
This was two days after the country eased many of its lockdown rules, including the reopening of restaurants.
The social distancing rules, however, still apply. The rules state that people must be at least 1 meter or 3 feet apart from each other. To comply with the said rule, many restaurants have limited their seating, allowing less number of people inside.
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