Nightclubs set to open again

Thursday May 28, 2020 Written by Published in Local
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Clubs will be allowed to resume normal trading hours from Saturday.

On the Rocks bar proprietor Eirangi Marsters said she was pleased with the news, which is yet to be officially confirmed.

For the first time since the mandatory shut down, the nightclub will reopen on Saturday at 4pm, and offer cold antipasto food platters for patrons.

“We appreciate the wage subsidy, but the business has been looking forward to resuming operations, and there are staff to take care of,” said Marsters.

She acknowledged times had changed – nobody could have expected what the country had been going through.

“There won’t be as many people with a disposable income to spend at a bar, but we are willing to have to try, see what it’s like and give it a go,” she said.

As with organisations like schools, churches, restaurants and cafes, social distancing is still a requirement at the clubs.

Hand sanitisers will also be required at all premises.

The normal licensed hours to open for bars are up to midnight – when the premises must be vacated, and Fridays up to 2am.

Clubs are expected to receive the official letters from the Liquor Licensing Authority before Saturday. 

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