Butchers in New Zealand have been told they will not be able to open as from March 26, during the country’s lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak. There are fears that stocks of meat that remain unsold could be thrown away. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that if the government allowed every food outlet to stay open, “we wouldn’t achieve what we need to achieve”. Angered by the decision, some butcher shops are reported to continue to operate.

“Butcher shops are not classified as essential. What they supply can largely also be purchased at supermarkets. This approach has been taken to prevent community transmission and to ensure people limit movement to their suburbs” a spokesperson from New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) told local media.

Sources: News Hub/New Zealand Herald