New Zealand to ease some coronavirus restrictions from Thursday

New Zealand to ease some coronavirus restrictions from Thursday

New Zealand will be moving to alert level 2 in several stages starting with this Thursday 14 May, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern highlighting that as of today, only 90 New Zealanders are now suffering with Covid-19.

There are no new deaths.

In making the decision to move to level 2, Cabinet members would have looked at the most up-to-date evidence, advice from Dr Bloomfield and other experts, and weighed all aspects of the country's Covid-19 response against its effects on the economy, businesses and workers.

Bloomfield said the public would be able to resume visiting people in hospital under level 2.

In high-risk areas, including emergency departments, intensive care and maternity wards, there can only be one visitor at a time, and one visit per day.

An updated Section 70 order had been issued allowing people to enter businesses to prepare for level 2, he said.

The lockdown was first eased two weeks ago, allowing food takeaways and resumption of some recreational activities, but the freedoms granted by the latest relaxation will be far greater.

Establishments must ensure no more than 10 people per booking.

Multiple groups could separately pay their respects at a tangi and this would fit within the guidelines.

"We may have won a few battles, but we have not won the war", the prime minister said.

She added that for any business to open their doors again, there will be a period where people might feel uncomfortable.

People who could not make it to weddings, funerals or even visit loved ones had also called on the government to ease curbs sooner.

"We know this is causing pain but we've equally tried to been consistent".

Another person said: 'Are they legalising cannabis with this announcement?

Ms Ardern made the gaffe during Monday's announcement that New Zealand's lockdown laws would be lifted to level two on Thursday.

The scheme went live last night and applications can be taken today.

He also paid tribute to our frontline nurses on International Day of the Nurse, part of International Year of the Nurse and International Year of the Midwife.

More than 80 per cent of tourism operators had accessed the wage subsidy and Ardern said there would be more support for the sector in the Budget on Thursday.

"We know that numerous operators previously dependent on worldwide tourism will be assessing their options and looking at other ways to grow their businesses".

"We are celebrating our nurses now more than ever". They can't open for another 10 days, and if you're thinking of having a party at home - only 10 people.

Dr Dougal Sutherland, a clinical psychologist at Victoria University of Wellington, said for many, fears of catching the virus may flare up with the loosened restrictions, while others may feel they have become rusty when it comes to basic social skills such as friendships, dating and interacting with colleagues.

Related Articles

  • Seattle's first confirmed case of rare childhood disease linked to Covid-19

    Seattle's first confirmed case of rare childhood disease linked to Covid-19

    The condition, Pediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome , or PIMS, is considered rare, but potentially fatal. Nearly all have tested positive for coronavirus or the antibodies that reflect exposure to the virus.
    Serie A clubs vote to resume season on June 13

    Serie A clubs vote to resume season on June 13

    Serie A has been suspended since March 9 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The date is subject to approval by the Italian government, however.
    Tina Fey Gets Emotional Over Donation Amount For COVID-19 Telethon

    Tina Fey Gets Emotional Over Donation Amount For COVID-19 Telethon

    The 5-Octave angel doesn't perform "Through The Rain" very often, but it needs to be re-added to her live show pronto. Spike Lee shared encouraging words that sports would return someday soon.
  • Low Pressure Developing Near Florida

    Low Pressure Developing Near Florida

    They now say that there is a 70% (HIGH) chance of it developing into a subtropical storm over the next 5 days. A tropical disturbance could bring big waves and strong rip currents to parts of the Carolina coast.
    House Democrats $3 Trillion Coronavirus Bill Includes Second Stimulus Check

    House Democrats $3 Trillion Coronavirus Bill Includes Second Stimulus Check

    It would also extend unemployment benefits as the United States grapples with jobless rates not seen since the Great Depression. Postal Service and allocate $3.6 billion in funds to help local governments hold safe elections and arrange for voting by mail.
    Kylie Jenner shared an adorable video of teaching her daughter Stormi patience

    Kylie Jenner shared an adorable video of teaching her daughter Stormi patience

    No better friendship than a mother and daughter's bond, Kylie proves the same and captions the picture on Instagram , "bestie". Kylie then told Stormi that she would be able to have three pieces of candy, but she would have to wait until Kylie returned.
  • Pixel 4a Design Leaked in Case Renders

    Pixel 4a Design Leaked in Case Renders

    Google began seriously ramping up its hardware play in 2016, but some of its efforts have proven confusing and often clumsy . Contact this reporter using encrypted messaging app Signal (+1 628-228-1836) or email ([email protected]).
    Premier League handed permission to return

    Premier League handed permission to return

    Football shouldn't even be spoken about coming back until the numbers have dropped massively. "We have to accept that and we would accept that", he said.
    Saudi Arabia Imposes Austerity Measures

    Saudi Arabia Imposes Austerity Measures

    The fall in income pushed Riyadh to a budget deficit of 34.1bn Saudi riyals ($9bn, £7.3bn) in the first three months of the year. Saudi Arabia is tripling its value added tax (VAT) as part of austerity measures to support its coronavirus-hit economy.
  • Elon Musk's Tesla factory drama is mostly resolved

    Elon Musk's Tesla factory drama is mostly resolved

    Haggerty said the company initially pushed back on checking employee temperatures before boarding a company bus to get to work. State law allows a fine of up to $1,000 a day or up to 90 days in jail for operating in violation of health orders.
    Sainz replacing Vettel at Ferrai

    Sainz replacing Vettel at Ferrai

    Signing Sainz will end any lingering speculation about six-time champion Lewis Hamilton leaving Mercedes for Ferrari . The 22-year-old was engaged in a power struggle with Vettel last season as he continuously out-performed the German.

    How Technology Changed Gaming

    They are as popular as Fortnite’s second chapter that, according to techradar.com , will be talked about for some time. The gaming industry as a whole now has games with demanding graphics that can be played on a phone as well as on a computer.