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MELBOURNE – Hailed for her leadership during the coronavirus pandemic, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner were turned away from a cafe on Saturday because it was too full under the physical distancing guidelines.

Ardern’s government relaxed many social distancing rules on Thursday, reopening cafes, cinemas and malls after two months of some of the tightest restrictions in the world to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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Ardern and Clarke Gayford walked for a brunch to a cafe in the country’s capital, Wellington, where they were initially told it was too full, New Zealand media reported.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (R) her partner Clarke Gayford (L) and their child Neve pictured in 2019.

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 on himself.

“I have to take responsibility for this, I didn’t get organised and book anywhere,” Gayford said on Twitter. “Was very nice of them to chase us down st when a spot freed up. A+ service.”

Omg Jacinda Ardern just tried to come into Olive and was rejected cause it’s full. 💀

— Joey 🧜🏻‍♂️ (@reinvention) May 15, 2020

I have to take responsibility for this, I didn’t get organized and book anywhere. Was very nice of them to chase us down st when a spot freed up. A+ service.

— Clarke Gayford (@NZClarke) May 16, 2020

The prime minister’s press service said that waiting at a cafe is likely with the virus restrictions.

“The PM says she just waits like everyone else,” the public Television New Zealand cited Ardern’s press service as saying.

New Zealand has managed to contain the coronavirus pandemic before it strained the public health system. There have been 1,149 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Sunday and 21 deaths related to it, according to data from the health ministry.

Reporting by Lidia Kelly

See the latest stories on the coronavirus outbreak.  

MELBOURNE - Hailed for her leadership during the coronavirus pandemic, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner were turned away from a cafe on Saturday because it was too full under the physical distancing guidelines.

Ardern’s government relaxed many social distancing rules on Thursday, reopening cafes, cinemas and malls after two months of some of the tightest restrictions in the world to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Ardern and Clarke Gayford walked for a brunch to a cafe in the country’s capital, Wellington, where they were initially told it was too full, New Zealand media reported.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (R) her partner Clarke Gayford (L) and their child Neve pictured in 2019.

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 on himself.

“I have to take responsibility for this, I didn’t get organised and book anywhere,” Gayford said on Twitter. “Was very nice of them to chase us down st when a spot freed up. A+ service.”

The prime minister’s press service said that waiting at a cafe is likely with the virus restrictions.

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“The PM says she just waits like everyone else,” the public Television New Zealand cited Ardern’s press service as saying.

New Zealand has managed to contain the coronavirus pandemic before it strained the public health system. There have been 1,149 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Sunday and 21 deaths related to it, according to data from the health ministry.

Reporting by Lidia Kelly

Source: Huffington Post Australia Athena2 https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/coronavirus-jacinda-ardern_au_5ec1c2bcc5b6f6a9e9c6aac2

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