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Level one will be a return to “normal routine” and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says there will be no distancing rules at shops and restaurants, or on public transport.

All restrictions on businesses, like hospitality, would be lifted with no distancing of tables, Ardern said this afternoon.

Churches, sports stadiums, community sport, and funerals of any size can all resume while physical distancing on planes and public transport can lift.

Event organisers will have to ensure contact-tracing was possible and that would be developed through the Covid Code, Ardern said.

Alert level 1 will mean there’s no restrictions on gatherings, like funerals, tangi or events, Ardern said.

“It essentially means a return to normal for tangihanga.”

At alert level 1 Kiwis would have to adopt new habits, like good hand hygiene, and there would still be strict border controls, Ardern said this afternoon.

The 10 golden rules of Alert level 1

• If you’re sick, stay home.

• If you have cold flu symptoms call your doctor.

• Wash your hands.

• Sneeze or cough into your elbow and disinfect surfaces.

• Isolate immediately if told so by authorities.

• If you have underlying conditions, talk with your GP about precautions.

• Keep track of where you’ve been.

• Businesses should help.

• Stay vigilant.

• Be kind to others and to yourself.

When will NZ make the move?

Ardern said yesterday the country was ahead of schedule in its response to Covid-19 and Cabinet would review the alert-level status next Monday.

The Government has previously given 48 hours’ notice of a shift in alert levels.

Ardern this afternoon said it was the Government’s “strong desire” to get to alert level 1 as soon as was safe and possible.

When New Zealand reaches alert level 1 it would mean all of the hard work had paid off, lives had been saved and the economic recovery could happen sooner.

But it didn’t mean our battle with the virus was over.


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