As Auckland wades through its longest lockdown, hospitality leaders are drawing up plans for the Government to consider following in the footsteps of Paris and San Francisco for al fresco dining, Newsroom reports. Parnell restaurant Va Bene owner Paul Patterson has been waiting for more than a month for a response on his application to dine customers there. Restaurant Association chief executive Marisa Bidois says a big barrier has been that until a couple of weeks ago costs were not waived for businesses wanting to apply for new licences. Andrew Roberts, restaurant owner, adds, “The problem with the level restrictions is you’ve got to wait to hear the announcement and then scramble around for the next 36 hours to write your protocols.”