After five weeks of increased Covid restrictions, we are moving down a level to Level One, outside of Auckland, at midnight on Monday 21st September. Auckland must remain in Level Two for a further two weeks from Thursday, 23rd September. Face coverings on public transport, and checking into places using the Covid tracer app or Rippl (my preferred app), remain in force.
So we’re back to where we were (almost – Aucklanders are still feeling the pinch) at the beginning of June. Events will again be open to the public – we’ll try and get to some Wellington rugby matches when we can, and we’ll be able to go to the theatre, restaurants etc in a more normal fashion from tomorrow. Which is just as well, as our next outing is planned for this Thursday, and we’ve got a few more events lining up for October.
Why does Auckland have to wait longer? Well, for one, that’s where the outbreak occurred, and there are still 33 active cases from that cluster. There are also 29 in managed isolation and quarantine in various locations around the country (but mostly in Auckland). Saint Jacinda announced that they were able to draft the order to bring the rest of New Zealand down to Level One in advance, but had not been able to do so for Auckland. Why this is the case doesn’t appear to be explained. We continue with a two-tier system that can only cause problems and confusion for another two and a half weeks at least.