Restaurants, cafes report plummeting patronage

By Jenny Ruth | Tue, 10 Mar 2020


Patronage of the country's restaurants and cafes is well down with some reporting losses of up to 60 percent, according to the Restaurant Association of New Zealand."We've fielded many calls from members saying they've noticed sharp declines," association chief executive Marisa Bidois said.Reports began almost immediately after the government's Feb. 3 ban on travellers from China, mostly from cafes and restaurants catering to Chinese tourists. They have since become much more widespread, Bidois said."It's really grown week on week since then" a...