New Zealand is now officially in COVID-19 Alert Level 1

NZ 09/06/2020

After 17 days of no cases and no remaining active cases, from 12.00am Tuesday morning Kiwis are officially in COVID-19 Alert Level 1.

There will be no limits on gathering numbers, night clubs can open and bars will no longer have to have a single server. People will also no longer be required to physically distance themselves from others.

However the border restrictions will remain - only New Zealand citizens or permanent residents are allowed in, and all who enter must stay in managed isolation for a fortnight. 

Speaking at a press confrence on Monday afternoon, PM Jacinda Ardern shared how she celebrated the news.

"I did a little dance" she shared candidly.

"I showed [my daughter] Neve, she was caught a little by surprise but she joined in, having absolutely no idea why I was dancing around the lounge but enjoying it nonetheless".

GeoHealth Laboratory's Malcolm Campbell said Kiwis should be giving themselves a pat on the back, with everyone's efforts during the lockdown period paying off.

But he's warning people still need to be cautious, saying there's still a chance of infection.

Ardern said on Monday when announcing the move to alert level 1, that New Zealand "will almost certainly see cases here again".

"The world will remain in the grip of a global pandemic for some time to come and we will see cases here again, which we must remain prepared for," she told reporters, adding the move to alert level 1 was something Kiwis could be proud of.

The official COVID website encourages Kiwis to enjoy their own backyard to help get things moving again.

"We can all unite, by buying local to help get our businesses and communities humming, seeing New Zealand and experiencing our culture, and buying Kiwi-made goods to help local producers thrive."

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