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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is REJECTED from a cafe under COVID-19 restrictions

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was turned away from a cafe because it was too full.

Ms Ardern and her fiance Clarke Gayford attempted to dine at Olive, in Wellington, on Saturday morning.

‘Omg Jacinda Ardern just tried to come into Olive and was rejected cause it’s full,’ a fellow diner wrote on Twitter. 

New Zealand entered ‘Alert 2’ of their coronavirus action plan on Thursday, which allowed Kiwis to slowly return to everyday life.  Restaurants and cafes were allowed to open but must enforce physical distancing by keeping customers one-metre away from others and prohibiting groups of more than 10. 

Ms Ardern and Mr Gayford were eventually able to enjoy a meal at the restaurant after space became available.  

Mr Gayford blamed himself for the hiccup but praised the venue for their customer service and abiding by the rules.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford were turned away from a cafe because it was too full under coronavirus social distancing restrictions

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford were turned away from a cafe because it was too full under coronavirus social distancing restrictions

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford were turned away from a cafe because it was too full under coronavirus social distancing restrictions

The couple attempted to dine at Olive, in Wellington, on Saturday morning but were turned away. They were eventually offered a table after a spot freed up

The couple attempted to dine at Olive, in Wellington, on Saturday morning but were turned away. They were eventually offered a table after a spot freed up

The couple attempted to dine at Olive, in Wellington, on Saturday morning but were turned away. They were eventually offered a table after a spot freed up 

‘I have to take responsibility for this, I didn’t get organized and book anywhere,’ he responded on Twitter.

‘Was very nice of them to chase us down st when a spot freed up. A+ service.’

Other Twitter users were glad the mum-of-one followed the rules she’s implemented. 

Pictured: Olive in Wellington, New Zealand. New Zealand entered 'Alert 2' of their coronavirus action plan on Thursday, which allowed Kiwis to slowly return to everyday life

Pictured: Olive in Wellington, New Zealand. New Zealand entered 'Alert 2' of their coronavirus action plan on Thursday, which allowed Kiwis to slowly return to everyday life

Pictured: Olive in Wellington, New Zealand. New Zealand entered ‘Alert 2’ of their coronavirus action plan on Thursday, which allowed Kiwis to slowly return to everyday life

‘Sticking to the rules. I like it,’ one person wrote. 

‘How very Kiwi: beautiful,’ tweeted another. 

The couple, who are engaged to be married, did not have their one-year-old daughter Neve with them for their brunch date, The New Zealand Herald reported. 

Olive’s owner told the publication: ‘She had a lovely brunch and left half an hour later. She was lovely with all the staff … [and] she was treated like a normal customer.’ 

New Zealand spent about seven weeks in lockdown before restrictions were eased on Thursday. 

The country has recorded 1,148 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 21 people have died. 

Ms Ardern (centre) and Mr Gayford (right), who are engaged to be married, did not have their one-year-old daughter Neve with them for their brunch date

Ms Ardern (centre) and Mr Gayford (right), who are engaged to be married, did not have their one-year-old daughter Neve with them for their brunch date

Ms Ardern (centre) and Mr Gayford (right), who are engaged to be married, did not have their one-year-old daughter Neve with them for their brunch date

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