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What stays open in Auckland’s stage three lockdown, NZ stage two restrictions

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New Zealand’s largest city will re-enter stage three lockdown restrictions after the country identified its first coronavirus cases in more than 100 days.

New Zealand's largest city will re-enter stage three lockdown restrictions after the country identified its first coronavirus cases in more than 100 days.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed the cases in an emergency update tonight and said the nation is prepared to fight off the new outbreak.

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The first infection was identified in a person in their 50s who presented to an Auckland GP and tested positive twice.Three other family members of the person also tested positive for COVID-19.

As a result, from midday tomorrow all of Auckland will be placed back into stage three lockdown restrictions.

In addition to needing to stay home other than for essential movements, such as going to the supermarket or for local exercise, Auckland residents will need to physically distance themselves 2m away from others in areas such as public transport and 1m in environments like schools or workplaces.

Coronavirus: NZ re-enters lockdown

Employees will need to work from home unless it is not possible and businesses can stay open but are not allowed to physically interact with customers at all.

Public venues including libraries, museums, cinemas, food courts, gyms, pools, playgrounds and markets will all close as soon as the lockdown begins.

Weddings, funerals and tangihanga — a traditional Maori funeral ceremony — can only be held with groups of up to 10 people who are physically distanced.

Healthcare will be limited to virtual, online consultations where possible and inter-regional travel will only be allowed for essential workers.

Entire nation back under stage two restrictions

Prime Minister Ardern also said the entire country, outside of Auckland, will be placed back under stage two lockdown restrictions as a precaution to limit any potential virus spread.

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Under that alert level, New Zealanders can still meet with family and friends in groups of up to 100, go shopping and visit public spaces so long as they're socially distanced.

Normally, stage two restrictions also allows for domestic travel however the New Zealand government has urged people do not move for at least the three days of Auckland's lockdown.

Weddings, birthdays, funerals and tangihanga outside of Auckland will also be strictly limited to no more than 100 people, and businesses can stay open so long as they distance customers and staff and record the details of people entering for long periods of time.

Hospitality venues such as restaurants, pubs and bars can open but customers must be separated, seated and served by a single worker.

Sport and recreational activity is allowed in line with the 100-person gathering restriction and some public venues such as museums, libraries, cinemas, stadiums and pools can open at limited capacity.

The nation's healthcare and disability care service providers can continue to operate as normal, while schools, early learning centres and universities will stay open under distanced measures.

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Source: 9News

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