- Publish Date
- Thursday, 7 May 2020, 1:49PM
Today Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave an overview of what life under Alert Level 2 will look like for Kiwis.
It has not yet been decided when New Zealand will move into Alert Level 2 - that will be revealed on Monday, May 11 - and for now will remain at Alert Level 3.
To date, there are 1489 confirmed and probable cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, while 1332 people have recovered from the deadly virus.
This is what life under Alert Level 2 will look like ...
Life under Alert Level 2
- The principle behind Level 2 is to "play it safe".
- Public health measures remain the same if you are sick stay home.
- If you have symptoms get a test.
- Reduce close contact with strangers.
- Physical distancing of one metre outside the home (including on public transport).
- Continuation of high hygiene standards.
Key difference from Level 3
You can see friends and family again, you no longer need to stick to your bubble but keep the numbers small.
- Business can restart for staff and customers.
- Good hygiene practises must be in place.
- Have a conversation with your employer about staggered start times, alternative hours or working from home if possible.
- Malls will reopen but with a limited number of people able to enter, similar to supermarkets.
- Hairdressers and beauticians can reopen but must use appropriate PPE gear.
- Cafes, restaurants or bar can reopen but must have no more than 100 people and follow the three 'S's: Seated - every patron must be seated, Separated - social distancing within the venue, Single server - table service only with one person.
- If businesses are unable to do this they will be shut down.
- Children are allowed schools and early learning.
- Tertiary learning may also reopen.
- Distance learning will continue if needed.
- Keep children at home even if they are even slightly sick.
- Border measures remain unchanged from Alert Level 3.
- People are allowed to travel domestically around the country.
- Social distance on public transport and airports must be put in place.
Recreations and sport
- Gyms and swimming pools may reopen.
- Professional sport may resume domestically.
- Museums and markets can also reopen but social distancing must be put in place.
- Both Indoor and Outdoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of 100 people.
- Funerals, weddings, religious ceremonies can be held with a maximum of 100 people.
Find out more information about Alert Level 2 at covid19.govt.nz.
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