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The current lockdown only allows for essential travel, but under level 3 that is changed to “safe” travel. You can drive a short distance, for example a 45 minute drive to somewhere to go for a walk or run. Travel is still restricted to regionally for things such as going to work or school, shopping or getting exercise, and you can only use public transport to travel to school or work.


While restaurants, bars and cafes can’t physically open they are allowed to open for takeaways or pick up, as long as they practice social distancing. Public venues such as cinemas, pools, and libraries will all remain closed, and gatherings of up to 10 people are only allowed for funerals and weddings.

PM Jacinda Ardern stressed that businesses that rely on face-to-face interactions cannot open under level 3, these include hairdressers, massage therapists, manicurists, beauticians, house cleaners, personal trainers, gyms and door-to-door salespeople.


Schools will open on Wednesday 29 for children up to year 10 who either cannot learn from home, or whose parents are returning to work. However, the playgrounds will be shut and parents are urged to keep children home if they can.


When it comes to exercise under level 3 there is a bit more freedom. Regional travel to exercise is allowed, as are activities such as hiking and biking, as long as you’re familiar with the trail, do it during the day, and keep your distance from others.

Swimming, surfing, and fishing from land are all also allowed but boating is not.



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