New Zealand PM and her fiance rejected from cafe
Published: 02:28 PM, 17 May 2020
New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern was turned away from a popular cafe in the capital, Wellington which was full due to coronavirus distancing measures.
International Media reported that Jacinda Ardern and her fiance Clarke Gayford decided to get brunch on Saturday at Olive, a restaurant in Wellington. That was two days after the country relaxed many of its lockdown rules, including reopening restaurants.
But social distancing rules still apply, requiring groups to remain at least 1 metre (3 feet) apart from each other. Many restaurants have limited their seating to comply with the rules.
A Twitter user named Joey, who was present at the cafe at this time, wrote: “Omg Jacinda Ardern just tried to come into Olive and was rejected cause it’s full.”
His tweet was accompanied by a ghoulish emoji, suggesting he was horrified that space was not made for the Labour leader, despite restaurants being limited to a maximum of 100 people and at least 1 metre between seated groups. A quarter of an hour later, he added: “Never mind they sorted her out.”
Arden’s partner, Clarke Gayford, responded to his tweet a few hours later, taking the blame for the brief hiccup to their day.
“I have to take responsibility for this, I didn’t get organised and book anywhere,” he wrote. “Was very nice of them to chase us down st when a spot freed up. A+ service.”