No spe­cial favours: New Zealand PM Ardern turned away from cafe

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - SPOTLIGHT -

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.”

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