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New Zealand’s arders turned away from the café according to the rules of the corona virus

MELBOURNE, May 17 (Reuters). New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner were turned away from a coffee shop on Saturday because the physical distance guidelines were too crowded.

The government of Ardern loosened many social distancing rules on Thursday and reopened cafes, cinemas and shopping malls after two months of the world’s strictest restrictions to stop the spread of the corona virus.

Ardern and Clarke Gayford went for brunch in a café in the country’s capital, Wellington, where they were initially told it was too crowded, New Zealand media reported. An employee ran after them a few minutes later when a table became free and the couple went back.

Arden’s partner, Clarke Gayford, took the blame.

“I have to take responsibility for it, I haven’t organized and booked anywhere,” Gayford said on Twitter. “Was very nice of them to chase us when a space became available. A + service.”

The Prime Minister’s press service said that waiting in a café with the virus restrictions is likely.

“The prime minister says she’s just waiting like everyone else,” New Zealand television quoted Ardern’s press service.

New Zealand managed to stem the coronavirus pandemic before it put a strain on the public health system. According to the Ministry of Health, there were 1,149 confirmed coronavirus cases and 21 related deaths on Sunday.

(Coverage by Lidia Kelly; editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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