Friday 09 June 2023

Here is how bars and cafés find new quirky ways to keep social distancing in New Zealand

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MILAN – As New Zealand eased its ongoing lockdown after reporting zero domestic cases of Covid-19, leading to surge in residents crowding fast-food restaurants. Since social distancing rules of 2 metres still apply, owners have come up with creative and quirky ways to operate and make sure they provide a contactless delivery service through the use of poles, cat flaps, pulleys and more.

A video of a coffee shop serving beverages using a piece of lumber has gone viral on social media.

Since being shared online, the video has garnered over 40,000 views and prompted several reactions. While many found the idea creative, others wondered if it was practical to balance trays on a wooden plank.

In Palmerston North, New Zealand, coffee-lovers can now receive their flat white via a toy train. Cyclista Espresso Bar and Roastery owner Steve Stannard says he came up with the “novel” idea after finding his father’s old toy train in a cupboard — it hadn’t been used in more than 20 years.

“At the same time we were thinking about how we were going to do contactless delivery, and I put two and two together,” he told Stuff.

The roof of the carriage has been removed and replaced with polystyrene which helps keep the coffees safe on their short journey.

Parky’s dairy and takeaway in Greymouth is also operating in a contactless way — with the help of a cat flap.

Owner Ray Parkinson said he wanted to do something “different” to make sure he was abiding by the level 3 restrictions for Covid-19 in New Zealand.

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In Wanaka, residents can receive their cappuccinos via a wooden trolley made out of bits of scavenged wood.

Little Black Caravan owner Alex Finney joked that it was “a bit messy throwing the coffees” and said that the trolley was a logical solution to maintaining distance.

He had to be resourceful when making the trolley because hardware stores were still closed, so it’s made from the materials he could find.

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