McDonald’s has announced that dine-in services within its New Zealand stores will only be available to customers with a vaccine passport.
The fast-food restaurant company’s latest move follows the Covid-19 Protection Framework traffic light system, which will be implemented across the country by the Government of New Zealand from 3 December.
However, customers without a New Zealand vaccine passport will still be able to place and collect orders from McDonald’s drive-throughs or by using other delivery modes.
McDonald’s spokesman Simon Kenny said: “Customers who go into restaurants will need My Vaccine Pass. We will continue to offer contactless service via drive-through and McDelivery, where My Vaccine Pass will not be required.”
The new rule is also applicable to other hospitality venues, such as bars and cafés, where unvaccinated individuals will not be allowed to enter or dine.
Under the Covid-19 Protection Framework, the government will move Auckland, Taupō and Rotorua Lakes Districts, Kawerau, Northland, Whakatane, Ōpōtiki Districts, Gisborne District, Wairoa District, Rangitikei, Whanganui and Ruapehu Districts into the red level.
The North Island and South Island will be moved into the orange level.
Restaurants and cafés that do not use vaccine certificates will not be allowed to open, instead only being permitted to offer takeaway food services.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: “The factors considered when setting the colours in each region include vaccination, the state of the health system, testing, contact tracing and case management capacity, as well as the rate and effect of Covid-19 transmission.”
Last March, KFC and Burger King temporarily suspended dine-in services across New Zealand due to the Covid-19 pandemic.