'Wellington gets its turn' – Cafe co-owner philosophical after visit from Covid case

Wellington’s Floriditas restaurant closed its doors today after a recently-confirmed Covid-19 case from Sydney visited on Saturday.

Floriditas Cafe and Restaurant on Cuba St, Wellington CBD. Source: Google Maps.

It comes as the Wellington region is set to move to Covid-19 Alert Level 2 from 6pm today, while the rest of New Zealand remains at Alert Level 1.

Hayden McMillan, Floriditas co-owner, said the Ministry of Health called him at 10:45am advising him that the restaurant was a location of interest.

He said all Floriditas staff that were working during the time of the Covid-19 case's visit have gone into isolation.

“They’re all trying to get testing now which is proving problematic because I think half of Wellington is trying to get tested,” McMillan said.

At least 14 exposure sites have been identified across Wellington, including Te Papa Museum, a pharmacy, a supermarket, and several restaurants.

“It’s definitely a speed bump for us,” McMillan said.

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Floriditas co-owner Hayden McMillan says staff are isolating and awaiting tests. Source: 1 NEWS

“In hindsight, Auckland’s been through this like twice now, I guess Wellington gets its turn."

The Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said the infected traveller, as well as one of his main close contacts, had been diligently using the Ministry of Health's Covid-19 tracer app, allowing for most of the locations he visited to be identified promptly.

“Yeah, it’s concerning but I think we all just have to try and keep a positive mind frame,” McMillan said.