A petition has started in New Zealand, asking for a subsidy on restaurant meals weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, for one month. The petition was started by Restaurant Association's Chief Executive Officer, Marisa Bidois, in the wake of Auckland heading into Alert Level 3 and the rest of the country in Alert Level 2 due to the Coronavirus Pandemic– having an obvious decimating effect on restaurants up and down the country.
Restaurant Association has Dish Cult's support on this petition.
As a community, we're asking the New Zealand government to follow in the footsteps of the United Kingdom Government's "Eat Out to Help Out" initiative, which provides UK diners with half-price meals for the month of August as a chance to save jobs and promote business in the hospitality sector.
The scheme proposed in the petition would give diners 50% off their bill up to the value of $20 Tuesday to Thursday for one month to help keep the doors opens, with restaurants able to reclaim the discount from the New Zealand Government. The scheme would kickstart when the country is back to Alert Level 1.
We're looking for targeted support to preserve the industry we've built up and the livelihoods of every employee and employer of the industry. The hospitality industry contributes $11 billion to the economy and employs 133,000 people nationwide.