Bar operators are finalising their plans to reopen for the first time in eight weeks today - albeit under strict conditions.
The industry has been hit hard by the lockdown, with one in five businesses telling a survey they doubt they will survive the pandemic.
As bars begin to reopen, the experience may look a little different as patrons must remain seated and capacity is capped at a 100 people.
Despite the restrictions, operators are rearing to go and are keen to combat what they call FOGO - that is the Fear of Going Out under Covid-19.
Grady Elliott, a manager of bars in Auckland, Wellington and Blenheim, speak to Kim Hill.