No special favours: New Zealand PM Ardern turned away from cafe
WELLINGTON: New Zealand’s leader found out there are no exceptions when it comes to social distancing after she was initially turned away from a cafe as it was too full under coronavirus guidelines.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her fiance, Clarke Gayford, decided to get brunch on Saturday at Olive, a restaurant in the capital, Wellington. That was two days after the country relaxed many of its lockdown rules, including reopening restaurants. But social distancing rules still apply, requiring groups to remain at least 1 metre apart from each other. Many restaurants have limited their seating to comply with the rules.
What happened next played out on Twitter, “Omg Jacinda Ardern just tried to come into Olive and was rejected cause it’s full,” wrote one user, Joey. A spokesperson from Ardern’s office said in an email that waiting at a cafe is something that anyone can experience during New Zealand’s virus restrictions: “The PM says she just waits like everyone else.”