New Zealand is currently at coronavirus alert level four, meaning only those businesses essential to the provision of life necessities can stay open. Hutt South MP Chris Bishop said it was "staggering" a cigarette factory could stay open during a lockdown. ROSS GIBLIN/STUFF Imperial Tobacco in Petone has been allowed to keep operating through the coronavirus lockdown,In a Statement, MBIE confirmed the cigarette factory was seen as an essential service. ANDY JACKSON/STUFF Doug Sellman, of the National Addiction Centre, was surprised a cigarette factory could keep operating (File photo). "The suppliers to an essential business are also considered an essential business, including those who sell cigarettes.
Source: Stuff March 29, 2020 04:07 UTC