While a significant amount of New Zealand hospitality businesses are still feeling the devastating effects of COVID-19, bars, pubs and clubs are returning to normal trading, according to a new survey.

The survey, released by the Restaurant Association, says that 55% of respondents indicated lower or significantly lower revenues than the same period last year but 35% of bars and clubs reported higher trading revenues year-on-year.

One unidentified respondent to the survey said that there are “so many New Zealanders coming to town and locals out celebrating” post the Level 1 announcement.

Another stated: “We had a record number of people in the bar, which transpired to record numbers in cocktail sales and overall till sales!”

However, the survey did reveal that revenues were variable by area, as well as type of establishment.

“Hospitality spend seems to be a little bit erratic since our move to Level 1,” says the Restaurant Association.

In Canterbury, 56% said that trading was the same or better compared to last year but in Auckland and Southern Lakes, the numbers were only 29% and 25% respectively.

Around half of owners surveyed are reportedly planning to apply for the wage subsidy extension, however 58% of bars indicated that they would not be applying.

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