Effects of the Coronavirus on New Zealand’s Seafood

The coronavirus has affected many foods and hospitality businesses around the world. Below we have identified some ways you can still enjoy excellent New Zealand seafood cuisine.

The New Zealand Government

The New Zealand government has pleaded for fishers to stay home. On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, a nationwide lockdown will be in place. During this month-long level four alert Fish & Game is asking anglers and hunters to remain at home. Martin Taylor, the Fish & Game chief executive, stated that dangers that go along with angling and hunting could put an unnecessary strain on emergency and health services.

Restaurant and Pub Guidelines

As of March 21, 2020, restaurants and pubs were permitted to remain open to the public with specific guidelines in place. Patrons visiting restaurants and bars must sign a guest registry upon entering the facility. Other restrictions include physical distancing and a limited number of patrons per facility. Restaurants and bars must abide by the 100 person limit. Russell Gray, the president of Hospitality NZ Auckland, stated that business revenue in the industry is down 50-60%. Guest registries must include patrons full names, address, phone number and email address. The guest registry information will be kept for four weeks and is to be used for contact purposes. However, on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, this will change.

Effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020

New Zealand will go into a nationwide lockdown on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 11:59 pm for four weeks. Due to the current level 4 alert in place in New Zealand, all MacDonald’s restaurants will be closing on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. This includes Drive-Thru and McDelivery services. Also, the closing will be all Taco Bell and Carl’s Jr stores, KFC and Pizza Hut stores. All Domino’s will be closed but are still considering delivery.