Coronavirus: New Zealand's PM Jacinda Ardern 'turned away from cafe' under new rules
PM Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford walked for a brunch to a cafe in Wellington where they were initially told it was too full, New Zealand media reported.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, hailed for her leadership during the coronavirus pandemic, and her partner were turned away from a cafe in the country on Saturday because it was too full under the physical distancing guidelines.
Ardern's government relaxed many social distancing rules in the past week, reopening cafes, cinemas and malls after two months of some of the tightest restrictions in the world to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
New Zealand has managed to contain the coronavirus pandemic before it strained the public health system. There have been 1,149 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Sunday and 21 deaths related to it, according to data from the Health Ministry.
Ardern and Clarke Gayford walked for a brunch to a cafe in the country's capital, Wellington, where they were initially told it was too full, New Zealand media reported.
An employee ran after them a few minutes later when a table became free and the couple went back.
Omg Jacinda Ardern just tried to come into Olive and was rejected cause it's full. ????— Joey ????????♂️ (@reinvention) May 15, 2020
Arden's partner, Clarke Gayford, took the blame on himself. "I have to take responsibility for this, I didn't get organised and book anywhere," Gayford said on Twitter. "Was very nice of them to chase us down st when a spot freed up. A+ service."
I have to take responsibility for this, I didn't get organized and book anywhere. Was very nice of them to chase us down st when a spot freed up. A+ service.— Clarke Gayford (@NZClarke) May 16, 2020
The Prime Minister's press service said that waiting at a cafe is likely with the virus restrictions.
"The PM says she just waits like everyone else," the public Television New Zealand cited Ardern's press service as saying.