New Zealand, other than Auckland, will move Alert Level 1 next Monday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today.
The move, however, is contingent on no Covid-19 cases appearing outside of Auckland between now and then.
Auckland’s position will also be reviewed that day, with an eye to increasing gathering limits.
If Cabinet agrees to proceed, Auckland’s changes will come into force on Wednesday, September 23.
Also, public transport operators will no longer enforce seating and social distancing rules.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcements today from Dunedin after Cabinet’s alert level review.
Auckland is currently at Level 2.5, while the rest of the country is at Level 2.
Auckland moved to Alert Level 2.5 on August 30 after being at Alert Level 3 since the beginning of the August community outbreak, and the rest of New Zealand has been at Level 2 since August 12.
Ardern told media before the last alert level review that Cabinet would consider the nature of Auckland’s Covid-19 cluster, its containment, compliance, the economic impact and the time period at Level 2.5 when it meets to review alert levels.