Venue at the heart of New Zealand's largest coronavirus cluster reopens for business

The South Island venue at the centre of New Zealand's largest COVID-19 outbreak has reopened as the country moves into alert level 3.

Two days before New Zealand entered almost complete lockdown on March 25 a wedding party held a reception at Bluff Oyster Cove. That wedding led to 98 cases and two deaths. 

Restaurant director Ross Jackson says there was nothing unusual at the wedding.

"It was a wedding, there was nothing unusual - it wasn't raucous, it was just a really nice time," he told The Project on Tuesday.

He says luckily no staff contracted the deadly virus, as all procedures were followed to ensure safety. 

Despite the tragic outcome of the wedding, Jackson says the Bluff community has been nothing but supportive of his business. 

"No one has had a go, the people of Bluff have been just fantastic and really supportive. We've had no major nasty incidents, everyone's been great," he said. 

As New Zealand has moved to alert level 3 the doors are opened but it's not business as usual. Jackson says it's takeaways only for the time being - but there's a mean chicken burger you can order. 

Watch the full interview above.