Carterton Café allows on-site dining despite removal of vaccine pass system


A former pie-of-the-year-winning bakery has been accused of “playing both ways” by allowing meals on site, while unsubscribing from the My Vaccine Pass system.

The award-winning Clareville Bakery in Carterton has chosen not to require vaccine passes from its customers, but has annoyed some visitors by placing signs encouraging eating in its “public picnic area.”

A regular customer, John Adam from Carterton, was at the cafe on Tuesday and said he seemed to be as busy as usual with the garden very busy.

“I knew all the controversy about the Paekākāriki cafe and the fact that it was not allowed to have people on the street and I was like ‘what’s going on? “.”

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The Clareville Bakery in Carterton has a sign encouraging people to use its public outdoor dining area despite the removal of the My Vaccine Pass system.

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The Clareville Bakery in Carterton has a sign encouraging people to use its public outdoor dining area despite the removal of the My Vaccine Pass system.

Adam walked into the cafe and was surprised to see the staff not wearing masks.

“I think it’s totally unfair to other companies trying to do the right thing by the community and their whānau.

” They have [Clareville Bakery] chose not to be part of the Covid passport so there must be some downside, but when I called yesterday it was if they were negotiating like they were a year ago.

The government’s Covid-19 protection framework – the traffic light system – specifies that under orange, hospitality businesses that do not require vaccine passes cannot let customers consume food on site.

Michael and Rose Kloeg of Clareville Bakery took home the award for best rural cafe of the year in 2016. (File photo)

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Michael and Rose Kloeg of Clareville Bakery took home the award for best rural cafe of the year in 2016. (File photo)

Bakery owners Michael and Rose Kloeg said their outdoor dining area with tables was free for people after they made their take-out purchase.

“There’s a grassy area that we said if people want to sit there they can, but it’s not managed,” said Michael Kloeg.

He said the spirit of the rules was about safety and their configuration was “very similar” to people eating outside in a park.

“It’s like going to a fish and chips and eating your fish and chips in the park.”

Michael Kloeg said they would reconsider their external situation if necessary.  (File photo)

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Michael Kloeg said they would reconsider their external situation if necessary. (File photo)

Kloeg said that since choosing not to use the My Vaccine Pass system, they have been “overwhelmed with the support” from their customers.

“In a way, our business is an extension of our home and everyone is welcome around our fire.”

The Kloegs have said they are ready to revisit the alfresco dining situation if that is not allowed.

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The sign “No vaccination card required” on the door of The Clareville Bakery indicates that he has withdrawn from the My Vaccine Pass program.

A Wellington regular, who often stopped by Carterton on Friday, said she thought it was unfair that the cafe “tried to play both ways”.

“It’s not playing the game to protect everyone, and it’s not fair to other business owners.”

The customer, who declined to be named, called the café’s position a “flagrant violation of the intent of the restrictions.”

Other cafes that clicked and collected just clicked and collected, she said.

“They are [Clareville Bakery] very clear on their social networks what their position is, and that’s good, but they have to follow the rules.

The Perching Parrot Cafe in Paekākāriki had its outdoor license suspended after withdrawing from the My Vaccine Pass system.

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The Perching Parrot Cafe in Paekākāriki had its outdoor license suspended after withdrawing from the My Vaccine Pass system.

Café Kāpiti Café Perching Parrot had its outdoor dining license suspended after unsubscribing from My Vaccine Pass.

Carterton Cafe owner Josh Coe from Page 42 said it was disappointing to see other establishments ignoring traffic light rules.

“Which are in place for the good of all of us, and especially within our industry, as it confuses our customers when different establishments have different rules. “

“We need people to know that they are safe when they visit our businesses and that as an industry we abide by the rules in place to protect them,” Coe said.

A spokesperson for the Carterton District Council said the outdoor space at the Clareville bakery was not on public land, so it did not require a specific license for this aspect of their business.

Police and WorkSafe are the government agencies responsible for monitoring compliance with the Covid-19 protection framework

WorkSafe spokesperson Dylan Moran said WorkSafe takes an “educate first” approach when working with companies to ensure they have a good understanding of their requirements.

“We are aware that some hospitality venues may not know that when functioning as take-out only, food and drink cannot be consumed on their premises, including outdoor seating areas, and we are looking for to help them understand and solve this problem. “

The Clareville bakery has won numerous awards over the years, winning New Zealand Pie of the Year in 2014 and being voted the country’s best bread maker in 2018.

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