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Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday many businesses can return to work during alert level 3, if they can practise physical distancing, but the advice is to still work from home.

There will also be a partial re-opening of education, but the Prime Minister said children who are able to are encouraged to remain home and continue distance learning.

The Prime Minister said swimming will be allowed under alert level 3, as well as surfing and fishing from the shore, but boating and jetskiing will still not be allowed.

Funerals will be able to go ahead, but with no more than 10 people, and the same will go for weddings, which can only be services with no receptions.

Travel restrictions will remain, but the restriction will move from local to regional.

Ardern said this recognises that more people will travel to work, or to take children to school. But to avoid taking potential COVID-19 cases to other parts of the country, restricting movement to what is necessary “remains the goal”.

Ardern said sticking to existing ‘bubbles’ is recommended but “some expansion is allowed”, if for example, you have a caregiver that you need, children in shared care, a de facto partner caring for others, or if you’re a single person who wants company.

She said people must work from home if they can, but where that is not possible, business may re-open but must comply with health and safety requirements around physical distancing and contactless engagement with customers.

Businesses only accessed by staff, and without a customer facing function, such as building and construction or forestry, can open under strict health and safety and physical distancing rules, Ardern said.

Cabinet will announce next Monday if the alert level 4 lockdown measures are to be extended, and if the country does move to alert level 3, businesses will have two days to prepare to re- open.


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