However, strict restrictions will continue after midnight on Tuesday. At midnight Tuesday, alert levels will drop from 4 to 3 in approximately 1.7 million cities in the heart of the latest delta outbreaks.
For example, schools and offices are companies that are limited to providing contactless services only and must still be closed.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said residents still have to maintain their “bubbles” and cannot visit friends or neighbors or let their children play with them.
“The bubbles must be small and exclusive,” she said at a press conference.
“I’m sure there are no large undetected transmissions,” Ardan said. “There is work in progress to counteract that, which is why we are still at level 3.”
She added that Auckland’s restrictions ensure that New Zealand’s Delta variants are eliminated as New Zealand sticks to its strategy of eliminating the virus.
Relaxation on Monday allows up to 10 people to attend funerals and weddings, and businesses can offer non-contact pick-up and delivery services, including takeaway.
Oakland will stay at level 3 for at least two weeks. In the rest of the country, level remains at 2, according to Ardan.
New Zealand reported 22 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday. All in Auckland, with a complete level 4 blockade since mid-August. Until then, the country was almost virus-free. The total number of infections is 3,725, and 27 people have died.
Mr. Ardan’s strict blockade and border closure helped curb Covid-19, but her government has been criticized for slow deployment of vaccines that have exposed much of the population to the Delta.
New Zealand has since strengthened its vaccine propulsion by purchasing additional vaccine doses from Spain and Denmark.
Ardan said he plans to phase out the borders early next year.
New Zealand relaxes Auckland’s coronavirus curb
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