Cafes, bars, restaurants and night clubs

Information on eating out and going to cafes, restaurants, bars and night clubs during the different Alert Levels.

Eating out at Alert Level 1

At Alert Level 1, cafes, restaurants, bars, night clubs and takeaway services can open as normal. There are no limits on the number of people you can drink or dine with, and you do not have to be seated to be served. 

All cafes, restaurants and bars legally must display a QR code poster to help you keep track of where you have been. 

Eating out at Alert Level 2

At Alert Level 2 cafes, restaurants, bars, night clubs and takeaway services can open, but with extra safety measures.

Dining in

All restaurants and cafes can have a maximum of 100 people on their premises at a time. This might mean you have to wait for a table. We recommend you call ahead and book. 

If you're dining in, follow the 3 S's:

  • Seated — you must remain seated at your table unless you're entering or leaving the venue, using the bathroom or paying for your meal.
  • Separated — you must be physically separated from other customers by 1 metre.
  • Single server — each table will only have 1 server, where practical.

Food courts 

At Alert Level 2, food courts can open but with physical distancing and extra hygiene measures. There may be reduced seating due to physical distancing.

If you're waiting in line to order, keep 2 metres away from other customers and staff.


You can go to cafes to get counter food to take away to eat. 

It's up to the cafe to decide if customers can bring their own reusable cups or containers. The cafe must have good hygiene processes if it allows them.

Food delivery services

You can continue to use food delivery services, such as Delivereasy and UberEats. To keep yourself and others safe, try to:

  • use a contactless payment or prepay online if possible
  • keep at least 1 metre distance from the delivery driver
  • ask the driver to leave your delivery at the door to reduce contact.

Bars and night clubs

At Alert Level 2, bars and night clubs can open with seated service only. This means you'll need to stay seated at your table unless you are entering or leaving the venue, using the bathroom or paying for your drinks.

Dance floors are closed.

You'll need to order drinks through your server. Do not go up to the bar to order food or drinks.

Playing pool and gaming machines 

You can play pool and use gaming machines if you can keep 1 metre apart from others. You can not eat or drink while playing pool.

Eating out at Alert Level 3

Cafes, restaurants and takeaways can open at Alert Level 3, but only for contactless pick-up, delivery or drive through. You cannot go in to dine. 

Nightclubs are closed.

Food delivery services, such as Delivereasy and Uber Eats, can also operate at Alert Level 3.

Liquor stores can only offer contactless pick-up and delivery (if their liquor licence allows delivery).

Keeping you and your whānau safe

Everyone has a role to play in slowing the spread of COVID-19. 

Before you head out:

If you feel unwell, stay at home. If you have cold or flu symptoms, call your doctor or Healthline for advice on if you need to get tested.

While you're out:

  • Scan in using the NZ COVID Tracer App
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow
  • Wash or sanitise your hands before you sit down to eat or drink
  • Follow the establishment's safety measures.

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