The snap lockdown caught some businesses off guard and has prompted fears of a death knell for long-suffering shops, NZ Herald reports. Revenue will plummet 90% for downtown Auckland’s retail, hospitality, tourism and events sectors, Heart of the City chief executive Viv Beck said. The lockdown brought an abrupt end to Auckland’s Restaurant Month, and while there had been some discussions about food recovery, various health and safety considerations complicated efforts to donate food, Beck said.
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