Coronavirus: Business leaders reveal what they want to see change under alert level 3

The Government is expected to announce the rules for alert level 3 on Thursday and industry leaders across the country are hoping the Prime Minister will allow more businesses to reopen.

These new rules could be implemented as soon as next Thursday if the Government decides to decrease the alert level after New Zealand's current month-long lockdown finishes.

President of the Restaurant Association Mike Egon wants to get restaurant businesses back up and running.

"Curbside pick-up, takeaway delivery are the two things we're really keen to get started."

But he says the new options won't be moneymakers.

"Some [businesses] will choose not to do it because it definitely won't be worth it but it'll be great to get the staff back in, reopen restaurants, get the stoves cooking on, get the prep done."

So far New Zealand has only spent 48 hours in alert level 3 during which Kiwis wined and dined.

However restaurateur Al Brown is reluctant to re-open at all in the next phase.

"Going that way is going to be completely different to what it's going to be like going out," he says.

"People will change their models in restaurants and perhaps will be able to do takeout out of a restaurant, but again you've gotta do the maths in these things."

Retail NZ is hoping for stores such as clothing retailers to reopen or at least be able to sell online.

NZ chief executive Greg Harford says: "As long as retailers are able to look after the safety of their customers and staff, there should be no reason for them not to open, stores should be open under level 3".

And while 90 percent of gym users are keen to get back in, Richard Beddie from Exercise NZ says most gyms are likely to still remain closed under the level 3 rules.

Instead, gyms will have to consider other ways to get members exercising.

"Things like boot camps in parks would be ideal, in small numbers but also potentially one-on-one but in a space where there's lots of distance between the trainer and the participant," Beddie says.

The National Party is keen to get New Zealand back up and running next week with Simon Bridges looking to Australia for inspiration.

He's suggesting they've seen similar health outcomes but better economic ones with the likes of builders, baristas, and hairdressers all still operating. 

"We can do the things that matter in a health sense really well; borders, tracing, testing, PPE, but also sensibly safely allow our workers get back into it for the good of our economy," he says.

But coming out of the lockdown is expected to be a long and cautious task as opposed to when we entered it with "go hard, go early".