Auckland's Zoom cafe beats 'no-touching' rules of COVID-19 alert level 3 with 'Kiwi ingenuity'

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No touching? No problem. Photo credit: Twitter/@pinkstephness

With COVID-19 alert level 4 lockdown now lifted and takeaway and food outlets operating again, some cafes and restaurants are finding novel ways to avoid contact with customers. 

While restaurants, bars and cafes can't physically open, they are allowed to open for takeaways or pick up, as long as they practice social distancing.

This means long queues in the drive-thru at fast food joints, and cafes adapting their usual setup to offer contactless service. 

One of those showing a little 'Kiwi ingenuity' is Zoom cafe in Auckland's Green Bay. 

Auckland woman Stephanie Whyte tweeted a video of the novel way her first alert level 3 coffee was delivered to her car on Tuesday morning. 

The owner has fashioned a long wooden handle attached to a tray, to make 'drive-thru' a breeze. 

Whyte added in a further tweet that payment was via "cash dropped in a bucket in the entryway or prepay online". 

The hilarious video has racked up over 9000 views. 

"Gonna walk down and support the local coffee shop soon!" wrote a fellow Green Bay local.

"This is absolutely brilliant guys," wrote another Twitter user.  

Local cafes and restaurants are pleading with customers to buy directly from them rather than using delivery services like Uber Eats, which takes 35 percent of the sale off the seller. 

 

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