Cafes, bars, restaurants and night clubs

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

Cafes, restaurants and bars 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.

Cafes, restaurants and bars at Alert Level 2

Cafes, restaurants, bars, night clubs and takeaway services can open, but with extra safety measures. 

There are no restrictions on the number of customers that can be seated inside or outside at venues — as long as everyone can safely stay 1 metre apart. Customers must be seated at a table to eat or drink.

Takeaways

  • You must wear a face covering when picking up your order.
  • Keep 2 metres away from people you do not know. 

Dining in

  • Remain seated at your table unless you are entering or leaving the venue, using the bathroom or paying for your meal.
  • Be physically separated from other customers by 1 metre.
  • Scan in using the NZ COVID Tracer app.
  • Follow the establishment's physical distancing guidelines.
  • Face coverings are encouraged when you are not eating or drinking but they are not a requirement.

Ordering drinks

  • If you are at a venue with an on-licence to sell alcohol, you cannot order at the bar. Your server can take your order.
  • If you are at a venue what does not have a licence to sell alcohol, you can order at the bar but you must be seated while eating and drink.

Counter food

  • You can go to cafes to get counter food to take away to eat. 
  • It is up to the cafe to decide if customers can bring their own reusable cups or containers.

Cafes, restaurants and bars at Alert Level 3

Cafes, restaurants and takeaways can only open for contactless pick-up, delivery or drive through — this includes at Steps 1 and 2. You cannot go in to dine.

Nightclubs are closed.

Food delivery services, such as Delivereasy and Uber Eats, can also operate.

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

Cafes, restaurants and bars at Alert Level 4 

All cafes, restaurants, takeaways, and nightclubs must close. 

Food delivery services, such as Delivereasy and Uber Eats, cannot operate. 

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