New Zealand to go down to Level 3 next Monday night, 27 April

Jacinda Ardern has just announced that we will be lowering our Covid alert level to level 3 next Monday 27 April at 11:59 pm (after the Anzac Day long weekend).

The Government has announced New Zealand will move out of Alert Level 4 lockdown at 11.59pm on Monday 27 April. We are still in Alert Level 4 until then.

We will hold at Alert Level 3 for two weeks, before Cabinet reviews how we are tracking and makes further decisions on 11 May.

The Government’s decision today allows many businesses to get going again, and for many people to go back to work.

Schools will be able to open soon after we move into Alert Level 3.

This will allow more business activity like construction and forestry, but it won’t allow any more social activity, which is close to bugger all.

They still want the vast majority of people working from home, and the majority of children working from home.

We will then go to Alert Level 3 for 2 weeks.

This is what was recommended by the Directory General of Health.

The virtual ban on weddings and funerals continues under level 3.


The Government has announced that New Zealand can safely move out of Alert Level 4 lockdown at 11.59pm on Monday 27 April.

The Government has announced New Zealand will move out of Alert Level 4 lockdown at 11.59pm on Monday 27 April. We are still in Alert Level 4 until then.

We will hold at Alert Level 3 for two weeks, before Cabinet reviews how we are tracking and makes further decisions on 11 May.

The Government’s decision today allows many businesses to get going again, and for many people to go back to work.

Schools will be able to open soon after we move into Alert Level 3.

At Alert Level 3 we will need to be even more vigilant. All of us will need to unite against COVID-19 by sticking to the rules.

The Golden Rules for life at Alert Level 3

  1. Stay home. If you are not at work, school, exercising or getting essentials then you must be at home, the same as at level 4.
  2. Work and learn from home if you can. We still want the vast majority of people working from home, and children and young people learning from home. At risk students and staff should also stay at home, and they will be supported to do so. Early learning centres and schools will physically be open for up to Year 10 for families that need them.
  3. Make your business covid-19 safe. Covid-19 has spread in workplaces, so the quid pro quo of being able to open is doing it in a way that doesn’t spread the virus.
  4. Stay regional. You can exercise at parks or beaches within your region, but the closer to home the better. Activities must be safe – keep 2 metres away from anybody not in your bubble. Make minimal trips.
  5. Keep your bubble as small as possible. If you need to, you can expand your bubble a small amount to bring in close family, isolated people or caregivers.
  6. Wash your hands often with soap. Then dry them. Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  7. If you are sick, stay at home and quickly seek advice from your GP or Healthline about getting a test. There is no stigma to COVID-19. We will only be successful if everyone is willing to play their part in finding it wherever it is.
  8. If you are sick, stay at home and seek advice from your GP or Healthline about getting a test.

There is no stigma to COVID-19. We will only be successful if everyone is willing to play their part in finding it wherever it is.

This week businesses will be allowed to get ready to open, including employers re-entering premises to receive stock if necessary – but we ask that in doing so they stick to social distancing and their bubbles.

The Golden Rules for businesses at Alert Level 3

  1. If your business requires close physical contact it can’t operate.
  2. Your staff should work from home if they can.
  3. Customers cannot come onto your premises. Unless you are a supermarket, dairy, petrol station, pharmacy or permitted health service.
  4. Your business must be contactless. Your customers can pay online, over the phone or in a contactless way. Delivery or pick-up must also be contactless.
  5. Basic hygiene measures must be maintained. Physical distancing, hand washing and regularly cleaning surfaces. Workers must stay home if they are sick.
  6. If you used PPE in your business before COVID-19, then keep using it in the same way. If you didn’t use PPE in your business before COVID-19, you don’t need it now. This is advice for retailers, manufacturers and the service industries. Different advice applies to essential healthcare workers, border agencies, courts and tribunal staff, first responders and corrections staff.
  7. You must meet all other health and safety obligations.

https://covid19.govt.nz/latest-updates/new-zealand-will-move-out-of-alert-level-4-lockdown-at-11-59pm-on-monday-27-april/

Beehive: Prime Minister’s remarks on COVID-19 alert level decision – April 20

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30 Comments

  1. Well, that change is the square root of….you know the rest.

    At least it’s only for two weeks. If they’re like the last four, they’ll seem like dog weeks.

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    • Three weeks, as 4 has been sneakily extended and 3 will be little different for most people. It’s largely a Claytons change.

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      • Blazer

         /  20th April 2020

        nothing for you to bitch about…then.

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        • duperez

           /  20th April 2020

          I’m trying to work out where the ‘sneakily extended’ came from. ???

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          • It was supposed to last for four weeks but has been moved to Monday (or Tuesday, really) That’s basically an extra week.

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            • It wasn’t ‘supposed to last for 4 weeks’, that was the initial term set, but was always open to adjustment, as any current plans must be.

              The 4 week period would have expired on Wednesday night, and has been extended past Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (which is a public holiday), so an extension of five days, which covers just two normal business days.

              I don’t think this extension will make much difference in the whole scheme of business and the economy, except that it increases the chances of not having to return to Level 4 and increases the chances of being able to drop to level 2 sooner – and going to level 2 will make a much wider difference.

            • I hope that you’re right, but a week will make a big difference to small businesses.

            • These will now be closed for 7 weeks with no help from the government.

  2. Gerrit

     /  20th April 2020

    Ardern get lent on by Peters to make that decision? Now a decision on when parliament will sit again.

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    • Duker

       /  20th April 2020

      Do try to keep up . The decision to sit again on April 28 was made a month ago ….have you been in isolation and couldnt find your glasses?

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      • Gerrit

         /  20th April 2020

        So this decision to reduce to Level 3 was taken a month ago? Who would have thought. For under Level 4 protocols parliament was not able to sit (the bit about public gatherings, etc.).

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        • Duker

           /  20th April 2020

          You asked about parliament …..
          Parliament is an essential service …even Bridges was doing the 1000km round trip every week to be there. Ardern and co there as well
          “Mallard said Parliament will resume on April 28, even if the lockdown was extended from the current four weeks into the end of April.”

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    • Blazer

       /  20th April 2020

      Can’t you read Gerrit?
      ‘This is what was recommended by the Directory General of Health.’

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  3. Zedd

     /  20th April 2020

    “Lets do this !” 🙂

    thus spake Jah-Cin-Dah

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  20th April 2020

      It’s mostly “Let’s not do this”, Z.

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      • Duker

         /  20th April 2020

        Let’s follow the government spake Bridges and Seymour

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        • artcroft

           /  20th April 2020

          “Let’s contact the insolvency lawyer” said the small business owner.

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          • Duker

             /  20th April 2020

            Whats the difference in Trumps America, Australia , UK all of Europe.
            They are both more severe unemployment and terrible Covid stats as they acted weeks too late
            They have all the sacrifice but poor results , thats why they have extended lockdowns for weeks more , not 2 working days.
            In France you need a permit to even go shopping, others going for exercise isnt allowed either.
            Your bubble is clearly a a ski mask which prevents basic information getting to you.

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            • artcroft

               /  20th April 2020

              Australia is doing as well as us but with a less severe lock down. I think you need a good night’s sleep and a chance to stop obsessing Duker. Lack of sleep, lack of perspective.

            • Duker

               /  20th April 2020

              Its marginal different economically and they are a long way further to reach our infection rate of 0.48. They are just under 1.0
              Its simple to understand the bigger the restrictions the quicker the desired result is achieved.

  4. David

     /  20th April 2020

    What is the difference to her for us getting back to work this week, there is none its just another weak compromise and poor leadership. We have no community transmission according to Bloomfield the new cases in the last week have all been historic infections connected to her not shutting/monitoring the border we should be at level 2 on Thursday.
    Its political not science based, she likes the power too much.

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    • Duker

       /  20th April 2020

      Liar
      “We have no community transmission according to Bloomfield the new cases in the last week have all been historic infections ”
      All of that is provably false

      “With four of today’s new cases not linked to existing clusters, a five-day extension became inevitable.” Bloomfield

      The community testing is not the same as NO community transmissions ( as 4 new cases shows they are community transmissions.)

      What is happening is the random community testing for those with no symptoms
      “If the true rate is 0.1% there’s a good chance we’ll see a community-positive test soon; if it’s 0.01%, not for a while. And if we’re really at the level of eliminating community transmission, even longer. Stats Professor
      Thats 2 lies from poor understanding but your usual falsehoods

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  20th April 2020

        As I said several times the test only finds active cases. Even if half the cases are unknown that is currently looking for 500 in 5M or 0.01%. Need ten thousand tests to have a 50:50 chance of finding one. If 1% of cases are unknown then that would take a million tests to discount.

        This is the challenge of elimination.

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      • David

         /  20th April 2020

        That is not what he said at the press conference you are completely wrong as per usual, much like your absurd and bizzare holding Greece up as the way to go…talk about clueless nonsense.
        Do you think for a moment they are not counting the Chinese way.

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        • Duker

           /  21st April 2020

          You dont know what you are talking about, confusing community transmission and community random testing.
          My evidence backs ME up …[deleted]

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    • duperez

       /  20th April 2020

      She likes the power too much? I like how the ‘little girl’ is actually a power hungry communist dictator! Today I saw her likened to Hitler too. A veritable demon in disguise!

      I reckon one could start a story about her being put into power by Winston after he’d done a deal with the Chinese and have it believed and broadcast. Before the election would be good. It’d be Reds under the Bed on speed. Steven Joyce isn’t in the team anymore to float it but he’d be handy. Paula and the man from Rodney would be ideal carriers though.😂

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      • Duker

         /  21st April 2020

        All the parties in parliament backed the use of existing epidemic legislation and some passed that day to combat the virus.
        Not a dictatorship but bi partisan support. Thats what true leadership shows. And the public backs it.

        While in the US the wannabe dictator was slapped down by the Governors and his polls are the as usual miserable negative territory and will lead to a big loss for him in November

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