The government has scrapped passport requirements for vaccines, but several Auckland bars and restaurants have decided to continue using them.
At the heart of all their decisions was the desire for staff and customers to stay safe.
Mate Vella, owner of the Kind Stranger cafe in Eden Terrace, said keeping vaccine passes was a “no-brainer”.
He made the decision “for the community I’m in and the people who come,” he said.
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“I prefer that they feel safe,” he said.
Vella opened Kind Stranger in June of last year, just over a month before Delta arrived in the country.
“I think there is still a lot of nervousness at the entrance to the places. Not knowing who’s in there… The outreach after I decided to keep it was also super positive.
“I would rather people feel safe here than lose a few dollars,” he said.
Wine Cellar in St Kevins Arcade is another venue that keeps vaccine passes.
“We have artists who would be regular performers who are immunocompromised, and they now have to not come out at all at this time. When the infection rate goes down and they can come back, I want them to feel safe. So it’s not a Wild West,” said Rohan Evens, who runs the winery.
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Evens isn’t worried about the impact on his business.
“I think what hospitality in Auckland suffers from now is people not going out because they’re worried about infection, rather than people not going out because they don’t want to. vaccine,” he said.
Wine Cellar is joined by Whammy Bar and neck of the woods by making this call.
Lucy Macrae, co-owner of Whammy Bar, said she received backlash.
“We’ve had one star reviews, we get direct messages and comments on a lot of our posts that have nothing to do with vaccination passports, saying they don’t want anything to do with us” , she said. mentioned.
But Macrae also received a lot of support.
“We get a lot of positive feedback from people who come.
“It is the livelihood of artists. So having a place for them that is as safe as possible makes them feel more comfortable doing their job.
“Anything we can do to keep the majority of people safe is really important,” she said.
Auckland businesses using vaccine passes
- nice strangercafe, 66 New North Rd, Eden Terrace
- neck of the woodsbar and music venue, 155B Karangahape Rd, Auckland CBD
- The Wine Cellarbar and music venue 183 Karangahape Rd, St Kevins Arcade
- Strike barConcert Hall, 183 Karangahape Rd, St Kevins Arcade
- Galbraith Brewerybar, 2 Mount Eden Road, Eden Terrace