The Prime Minister has announced New Zealand will move to level 2 on Thursday.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement following a cabinet meeting this afternoon.

More soon.

Life at Alert Level 2 means we can resume many of our everyday activities.

  • All businesses can open if they can do it safely. This will help to get people back to work.
  • We can go in-store at local businesses.
  • Tertiary education facilities, schools and early learning centers will be open.
  • We can travel between regions.
  • We can safely connect and socialize with close friends and family.
  • We can visit local restaurants, cafes and bars.
  • We can return to our regular recreational activities.
  • We can celebrate life’s important moments with our loved ones such as weddings, funerals, birthdays, and anniversaries.
  • Small religious gatherings and ceremonies can be held with public health measures in place.

Alert Level 2 is not life as normal, some restrictions and other measures remain in place to reduce the risk of transmission.

  • We need to maintain physical distancing.
  • We will keep tight controls in place at our borders.
  • Our wide-scale testing will continue.
  • We will find and self-isolate anyone who is unwell and their close contacts.
  • There will be measures in place to allow some safe travel and socializing.
  • Only small, controlled gatherings will be permitted.
  • Early childhood centers, schools, and tertiary organizations will see most people returning — with controls in place.
  • Physical distancing, hygiene standards, and contact registers will make businesses safe. 

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