Coronavirus: Auckland cafes concerned they'll shut permanently before alert level 3 lifts

Some Auckland cafes and restaurants are worried they won't make it to Monday when they're allowed to serve customers in-house again.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday that Auckland will stay in alert level 3 until 11:59pm on Sunday. After that, the city will move to level 2.

But the hospitality industry says it is desperate for more Government support, and fears many will go under in a matter of days without it.

Sang Cho, owner of Auckland's Eden Bistro, says he's exhausted all of the Government's support that's available.

"Wage subsidy did help, also got a loan from the Government for $10,000, but that was gone paying off all the rates, paying off the rent, paying off everything. It was gone in two days."

Cho has been selling takeaway meals at half price in an attempt to use food that would've otherwise gone to waste. But selling that and a few coffees a day is barely helping.

"Our worst day I think we made $100 in a whole day," he says.

He fears the bistro won't make it to Monday when Auckland moves to alert level 2.

"[We will] have to shut down, there's no point us opening at all."

Restaurant Association CEO Marisa Bidois says Cho isn't alone, and many Auckland businesses are looking to fold in the next few days.

"We have heard from a number of businesses who are considering closing their doors," she says. "In fact, our numbers are showing around 12 percent of our sector are considering whether or not they might close their business."

The association delivered a petition to the Government on Tuesday urging it to adopt the UK's 'Eat Out to Help Out' campaign. The UK's campaign sees the government subsidise 50 percent of the bill for meals eaten at a cafe, restaurant or pub - excluding alcohol - from Monday to Wednesday until the end of August.

The National Party also wants more help for businesses, and leader Judith Collins says the wage subsidy should be increased to cover the next four days of level 3.

"It is a particularly difficult time, particularly during the weekend, which is usually the busiest time for the hospitality sector," she says.

But Finance Minister Grant Robertson is adamant the Government has done enough.

"We recognise this is a tough time but there has been a lot of support provided," he says.