Auckland moving to step 2 of L3 next week

Anna Whyte
Source: 1News

Auckland and the parts of Waikato at Alert Level 3 will move to step two in the current phased roadmap system, with Waikato moving late on Tuesday this week and Auckland next week. 

The move will see an easing of restrictions to allow retail to open back up.

Auckland will, in principle, move next Tuesday November 9 at 11.59pm, and Waikato will move on Tuesday November 2 at 11.59pm.  

Public facilities such as museums and libraries can reopen with masks and distancing required, while outdoor gathering numbers can increase from 10 to 25.  

Retail can operate, with customers able to enter premises, wearing face coverings and keeping two metres apart.

  • retail can open, with customers keeping two metres apart, and staff and customers required to wear face coverings.

  • public facilities like libraries and museums can reopen, with face coverings required and people keeping two metres apart.

  • outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people can go ahead, with the removal of the two-household restriction. Physical distancing is strongly encouraged to help prevent the virus spreading between households.

  • outdoor organised exercise classes, like yoga and bootcamps, can expand to 25 people, including instructors, with two-metre physical distancing required.

  • All other restrictions remain as in step one.
  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement on Monday, after 162 new community cases were reported, a new record high. 

    Auckland has been in Alert Level 4 or 3 lockdown for 11 weeks. So far, 75 per cent of eligible New Zealanders are fully vaccinated.