Daily update with Level 2 details

Alert Level 2 restrictions announced (but not in force yet):

  • Businesses can restart for staff and customers if they’re able to do so safely.
  • Bubbles can cease
  • Domestic travel recommences
  • Schools and early learning centres can open
    Distance learning will be available for those unable to attend school, for example where people are self-isolating.
  • Gatherings both indoors and outdoors are limited to 100 people
  • Public places reopen
  • Sport and recreation comes back on-stream, including professional sports competitions
  • Home gatherings must be kept small
  • Hospitality must follow the three S’s – seated, separated, single-server

Alert Level 2 will see significantly more activity open up across the country requiring New Zealanders to play it safe and remain vigilant so the virus doesn’t bounce back, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.

“In a nutshell, Level 2 is a safer normal designed to get as many people back to work as possible and the economy back up and running in a safe way, made possible only by our collective actions at Levels 4 and 3 to beat the virus and break the chain of transmission.

“On Monday, May 11, we will make a decision on whether to move, taking into consideration the best data and advice we can, recognising the impact of restrictions, and ensuring we don’t put at risk all of the gains we have made.

“We need to balance the risk of the virus bouncing back against the strong desire to get the economy moving again.


Internal tourism will be ok as long as other rules are complied with – no large groups allowed.

Details:  Alert Level 2

Dr Ashley Bloomfield with the daily numbers.

1 new confirmed case (household contact of a known cluster), total now 1,489

1,332 recovered (89% of cases)

2 people in hospital, no further deaths (total still 21).

A record number of tests yesterday 7,323 – total now 168,023

Dr Bloomfield says the initial review of exemptions has been completed, and found that all decisions had been made correctly in terms of process and findings, but if they were made again under the updated process and findings from the recent High Court case some would be allowed. As a result one person has been able to leave quarantine.

The “updated process and findings” are what has been determined by the High Court.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern:

Businesses can restart for staff and customers, and services can be provided, but still consider if you have to be there in person. Flexibility but basic hygiene requirements are needed.

Cafes, restaurants and bars can reopen but social distancing with number limiting and cleaning etc required.

  • People must be seated, maximum number 100 in one place
  • People must be separated – social distancing required
  • Each table must have a single table server.

Contact tracing will be important with recording of who is in premises.

Hairdressers and beauty provides will need PPE gear.

Gatherings – maximum of 100 inside, but outdoor gatherings will be also be limited to 100 (last time on level 2 it was 500).

Weddings, religious services and funerals will be able to resume with the 100 maximum limit.

The same for public places like museums and markets, also pools. Clubs will be able to start up again.

Professional sport will be able to resume on a domestic level. No stadium crowds but sport can be played.

You no longer need to stick to the bubble, you will be able to visit family and friends, but advised to keep numbers small. More details ‘in the coming days’.

Moving around the country – travel is ok but what you do when you get there is important and must comply with the other rules.

“At alert level 2 playing it safe means two metres from strangers, but in your workplace or places where you’re around people you know or people we can contact trace later, we can live with less.”

Education – schools and early learning services can reopen. Some children will remain at home if at risk of Covid.

If there is a case identified at a school it will immediately shut down for 72 hours until things are assessed.

Schools will reopen on the Monday following the shift down to level 2.

Mothers Day this Sunday – still at Level 3 so only remote contact.

“Level 2 is now our new normal” (when we get there).

These details to be confirmed via official information when available online.

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  1. David

     /  7th May 2020

    I wish she would just refer to notes rather than reading out in full her speech, she is great answering questions but she is awful scripted.
    I cant see the bar restrictions working, imagine being in the club and having to wait for a server from your seat. No nightclubs or busy bars as everyone has to be seated so nightlife will be pretty quiet. No conferences of more than 100.
    Anyway its level 2.8

    • Pink David

       /  7th May 2020

      It’s not going to be economic for most bars to open under those rules. This is the new normal she wants.

      “Hairdressers and beauty provides will need PPE gear.”

      So, where is the science for this exactly? Australia has had hairdressers and barbers open for the whole time without any PPE requirement. Actual evidence shows this is pointless.

    • Blazer

       /  7th May 2020

      no more lap dances for you…David.

      • David

         /  7th May 2020

        The thought is horrifying, disgusting practice and grossly unhygienic.

        • Blazer

           /  7th May 2020

          only if its not done …in the best..possible ..taste!

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  7th May 2020

    It’s time to tell them to f.o. out of our lives, give us all the information to decide for ourselves and leave us to it other than quarantining incoming arrivals and known or suspected infected individuals.

    • Fight4nz

       /  7th May 2020

      A prime example of the attitude which has contributed most to the reluctance to loosen restrictions quicker. Leave it to rwnj’s to act against their own and everybody else’s best interests.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  7th May 2020

        Nope. Just restrict Government interventions to where they are necessary and appropriate to the information available.

  3. Gezza

     /  7th May 2020

    Gatherings – maximum of 100 inside, but outdoor gatherings will be also be limited to 100 (last time on level 2 it was 500).

    Good. I better get on the blower to the couple of ma’s friends rellies I haven’t touched base with yet. All her, & my, other immediate family rellies are mad keen to come to a remembrance / closure byo get-together brunch at her place at 11am on the first Saturday after level 2 conditions allow.

    We want to do this before I sell her house. Hiring a venue after that won’t be anything like the same thing as meeting in her lovely home, where all her photos & treasures are exactly where she liked them & it will feel more like she is there with us. My rellies will have to travel intercity, but want to. Better get my kitchen repaint finished smartly next day or two, some will stay at Pookden Manor.

    • They seem to make the rules up as they go along.

      How does anyone know that there isn’t someone with the virus among the 100 (highly improbable given the numbers) ? It’s sloppy thinking.


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