Auckland venue owner will open on December 1st regardles of COVID restrictions

The AM Show 10/11/2021

WATCH: Auckland venue 'Headquaters' owner Leo Molloy says no matter what come December 1st his venue will be opening to patrons. He said Police have shown support and encouragement in his decision making.

Even though he announced this a month ago, Molloy may find himself opening legally anyway with Auckland being projected to move into the traffic light system buy November 29th, becoming known as our own 'Freedom Day'.

Molloy told The AM Show this morning he is feeling relaxed about the open date and ready to go.

"We're definitely reopening on Wednesday the 1st regardless. We announced that a month ago and we're going to carry on and do that.

"We have a fairly robust and open dialogue with the police… I don't detect anything other than encouragement and positive support from the police."

Molloy said that his venue is doing okay and those at the top of the pyramid will survive, but he has concerns for smaller businesses, urging people to head out and support their local spots.

"I think it's an appropriate time now to encourage people to support your little corner Vietnamese shop, or whatever - the other people who need help," he said.

"Go book a Christmas function or just do something with them - give them some encouragement to reopen on December the 1st and give them a little bit of a cash flow injection.

"We've only got three weeks between Wednesday the 1st and Christmas, or near enough to three weeks, and people need a cash injection to get them through the January period because half of Auckland will leave town.

"It's going to be a tough couple of months. Having said that… having had a 90-day break we're refreshed and ready to go - we've got to make the most of the next six months and no one knows how to party like HQ."

Leo Molloy has been fairly outspoken regarding vaccination and in support of vaccine certificates, stating that his own employees will have to be vaccinated if they want to interact with any patrons.

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