The head of Hospitality New Zealand is devastated by Monday’s alert level decision, saying it will be the final “nail in the coffin” for Auckland hospitality operators, NZ Herald reports. In Auckland’s three-step plan to ease restrictions in Alert Level 3, hospitality operators will only be able to open their businesses under step 3. However, no date has been associated with the introduction of step 3, and each phase will be reviewed on a weekly basis. Hospitality NZ chief executive Julie White attended a webinar yesterday with more than 300 hospitality operators in Auckland. She cited the “eye-watering” amount of debt operators had racked up, as well as stories of owners pouring their savings into their businesses, just to stay afloat.
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