COVID-19: Mask, vaccine ticket… New Zealand lifts most of its restrictions

COVID-19: Mask, vaccine ticket… New Zealand lifts most of its restrictions

After several months of the emergence of many countries, especially European ones, New Zealand, in turn, is lowering its foot in the face of Covid-19. Since this Tuesday, the mask is no longer compulsory in enclosed spaces (except in hospitals and institutions for the elderly) and the vaccination permit is no longer required for the practice of certain professions (unless the employer decides otherwise).

These decisions were taken on the advice of the health authorities and due to the favorable epidemiological situation, which was marked by a decrease in the number of cases and hospitalizations for Covid. It contradicts New Zealand’s initial strategy. During the first year of the pandemic, the country of Occitania was one of the strictest in the world. The aim was to stamp out any spread of the virus through lockdowns, suspension of flights and strict measures. But this hard line has been gradually softened since the end of summer 2021, with the arrival of variants that travel more quickly (delta and then omicron).

‘We’re taking back control’

“Instead of feeling like Covid dictates what happens to us, our lives and our futures, we’re taking back control,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday at a news conference. “For the first time in two years, we can approach summer with the certainty that New Zealanders and businesses desperately need, which will help stimulate economic activity, which is essential to our economic recovery,” she adds.

Moreover, since midnight on Monday evening, Traveling to New Zealand You no longer need to be vaccinated or tested upon arrival. One of the last measures still in place is the isolation of people who test positive for Covid for seven days. On the other hand, connection states no longer need to isolate themselves. They will only have to take the test, once a day.

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