Air New Zealand adds routes to 'Level 2' network

Air New Zealand adds routes to 'Level 2' network

After suffering through a seven-week lockdown harsher than Australia's, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has loosened the screws on New Zealand's coronavirus restrictions. It has continued to enforce strict social measures on many of its citizens and businesses, helping prevent widespread community spread of the virus.

"We need to focus on the other wave coming on us: having dealt with the Covid-19 wave, we now have got to be thinking about the real suffering that comes from 1000 people a day going on the dole and growing", he said.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday that the country will lower its lockdown alert level from 3 to 2 at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday.

If the country moves to alert level 2, children can return to schools while staff could return to offices, Ardern has said. Check your state's restrictions on gathering limits.

Other businesses deemed non-essential under alert levels three and four including cafes and retail stores can also open their doors again within the next 48 hours.

The number of new cases has been in single digits since mid-April, with three new infections recorded on Monday.

Less than 1,500 people have been infected with Covid-19 in New Zealand after the government pursued a vigorous elimination strategy, shutting its borders on 15 March and entering a country-wide lockdown on 25 March.

New Zealanders will begin easing back to normality this week as nearly two months of strict lockdown comes to an end following the country's successful battle against Covid-19.

New Zealand is the first major rugby nation to announce a restart to competition since the Covid-19 pandemic brought sport to a standstill around the world.

Ardern said the move to Level Two would be reassessed after two weeks, with further easing possible depending on developments.

The government will unveil its annual budget on Thursday and has warned that the country would run fiscal deficits for years while debt will increase to levels well beyond previous targets due to its economic support measures.

People will also be allowed to attend gatherings outside, including weddings, funerals and tangihanga, family events, religious services and public meetings.

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