The Ministry of Health has declined to offer its expert view on a regulation allowing public transport passengers to remove face masks so they can drink beer, wine and coffee bought on ferries, Stuff reports. Erratic enforcement on Auckland’s ferry services, and complaints about drinkers going mask-free flared up in February, with one local politician saying vulnerable passengers were “terrified”. The Ministry’s final response on June 2 was a statement in the name of Dr Harriette ​Carr, Deputy Director of Public Health. Carr did not appear to encourage the practice of removing masks to consume refreshments.

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