Coronavirus: MBIE on what will stay open during lockdown

From Morning Report, 7:10 am on 25 March 2020

The clock is ticking, in just under seventeen hours, the country will be in a coronavirus lockdown.

Everything will be shut and everyone will be stuck in their homes - unless they're involved in an essential service.

After much confusion the Government is this morning providing more clarity about what counts as an essential service.

The Warehouse, which yesterday declared it would stay open, will have to close all its stores.

Retailers that play a role in the construction supply chain, such as Bunnings, Placemakers and Mitre 10, will remain open to trade customers for essential purposes.

Dairies will be allowed to remain open, but only to one customer at a time.

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment deputy chief executive Paul Stocks speaks to Susie Ferguson.