‘Could be a bit strange’: New Zealand bars to reopen but fun is kept at arm’s length

Posted by on May 20, 2020 10:55 pm
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No live music, no bar, table service only, and a ‘visible’ police presence but excitement bubbles at the chance for a night out

Dancing, hook-ups and bar banter will be off the menu as New Zealand’s pubs and bars reopen on Thursday night, with some saying the social distancing requirements will make for a “sad and strange” atmosphere in the nation’s party hotspots.

Last week, the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, moved the country from coronavirus lockdown level 3 to level 2, meaning most shops and restaurants could reopen, as well as schools, workplaces and public amenities.

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