COVID-19: The restaurants refusing to take part in traffic light system and check vaccine certificates
Some New Zealand businesses say they won’t be asking for customers to present COVID-19 vaccine certificates when the traffic light system comes into effect.
On Friday, New Zealand will move to a new system of living – transitioning to the COVID Protection Framework or ‘traffic light’ system, which rates regions as red, orange or green depending on COVID-19 cases in the community and vaccination rates.
Auckland, the epicentre of New Zealand’s Delta outbreak that’s spent months in lockdown, will start at red along with Ruapehu, Whanganui, Rangitīkei, Wairoa, Gisborne, Ōpōtiki, Whakatāne, Kawerau, Rotorua Lakes and Taupō Districts. The rest of New Zealand will start at orange.
Even at red, hospitality and several other venues can reopen – so long as vaccine certificates are used.
Palmerston North’s Coffee on Ascot said it had made some tough calls around the traffic light system.
“We have decided we won’t be excluding anyone from our premise, discrimination is not why we opened our business. We opened with the hope of providing hospitality to all that walked through our doors,” a post on the business’s Facebook page said.
It said the cafe was “a friendly face to serve up your favourite drinks”…
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