Coronavirus: New Zealand to move to alert level 2, while Auckland remains at alert level 4

Publish Date
Monday, 6 September 2021, 4:15PM

The Prime Minister has revealed New Zealand will move to alert level 2 from 11.59pm tomorrow night for one week, with a review next Monday 13 September

While Auckland's level 4 lockdown will continue for another week until 11.59pm on Tuesday 14 September, which will also be reviewed next Monday.

Level 2 means retail, malls, cafes, restaurants, cinemas and other public spaces can reopen. All require physical distancing and face masks are compulsory.

Masks could be removed at bars and restaurants, for eating and drinking. However, staff would have to wear masks.

Ardern said new rules on scanning also applied at level 2: mandatory scanning at bars, restaurants, cinemas, churches, hairdressers and anywhere where there was close contact between people.

There will be a limit of 50 people at hospitality and event venues, while outdoor venues can have up to 100 people.

Schools can re-open from Thursday morning.

Friends and family can also be reunited.

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Today 20 new cases were announced - all of which were in Auckland.

The total number of cases in this community outbreak is 821.

The Ministry of Health is still investigating how Covid was transferred from the New South Wales returnee at the Crowne Plaza into the community.

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