After seven weeks with strict containment measures, Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand announced the lifting of all restrictions.
The country has been largely spared from the epidemic. Only 1,154 cases of infection, including 22 fatal, have been identified. And for seventeen days no new cases have been reported. Earlier, the Ministry of Health announced that the last person who was hospitalized after contracting the coronavirus had recovered.
“Although we are in a safer, more secure position, there is no easy return to pre-COVID life. The determination we had for our health response will now be used to rebuild our economy, ”said Jacinda Ardern.
The public in rugby stadiums
She indicated that all public and private events could take place without any restrictions. Starting with rugby. The public will be allowed in New Zealand stadiums on Saturday when the Super Rugby Championship resumes in a reduced version. “It will be the first professional rugby competition in the world to allow a massive return of fans to the Covid-19 era when it resumes on Saturday in Dunedin,” said the New Zealand Rugby Federation.
At the same time, all public transport to allow the 5 million inhabitants to move. The only restriction is still active: the closing of borders. Since March 19, entry into the territory of New Zealand has been prohibited for all foreign travellers, with the exception of permanent residents, who are subject to a period of isolation of 14 days at the expense of the New Zealand authorities in a dedicated centre located near Auckland Airport. The government is studying arrangements with neighbouring countries.