It’s fair to say that there’s quite a lot of news going on at the moment, but finally some of it is good, as New Zealand are lifting their restrictions due to being virus-free.
New Zealand have reported no new COVID-19 cases for more than two weeks, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announcing the great news saying that she did “a little dance” when she was told.
She went on to say:
“While we’re in a safer, stronger position there’s still no easy path back to pre-Covid life, but the determination and focus we have had on our health response will now be vested in our economic rebuild.
“While the job is not done, there is no denying this is a milestone. So can I finish with a very simple Thank you, New Zealand“.
When New Zealand went into lockdown in late March, they had schools closed, businesses were shut and people told to stay at home.
A month or so later, they began allowing takeaway food shops and some non-essential businesses to re-open.
It took until now for New Zealand to enter Level One but it’s way ahead of schedule, as the original plan allowed for 22nd June. 17 days of no new Coronavirus cases will do that, after all.
The new rules that will be coming in at midnight local time allow for all schools and workplaces to be open, while weddings, funerals and public transport will be able to resume without any restrictions.
Social distancing will no longer be required but will be encouraged for the time being and anyone coming into the country will have to self-isolate for two weeks.
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