21 May 2020

Coronavirus: Bars ready for big reopening

From Morning Report, 7:12 am on 21 May 2020

The glasses are being polished and the beer barrels tapped as New Zealand's pubs and bars prepare to re-open today.

Venues which primarily serve alcohol have had to wait an extra week to open after the move to Alert Level 2.

This was due to the addtional risk they are thought to pose, the government here citing South Korea where a fresh spike in Covid-19 cases was blamed on the reopening of Seoul nightclubs.

Reporter Matthew Theunissen caught up workers who can at last go back to work after nearly two months.