Auckland Restrictions Easing to Alert Level 3 Step 2; Far North Back to Alert Level 2 Thursday

Auckland Restrictions will be eased to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 Step 2 from 11.59pm Tuesday 9 November. The North of Northland will return to Alert Level 2 from 11:50pm Thursday 11 November. Retail shops, including shopping malls will be able to open, however gyms, cinemas, bars and restaurants will remain closed.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the latest update this afternoon alongside Director General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield. This comes as there were 14,280 first and second COVID-19 vaccine doses administered yesterday, made up of 3,272 first doses and 11,008 second doses. To date, 89% of New Zealanders have had their first dose and 78% are fully vaccinated.

87% of Pacific Peoples have had their first dose and 73% have had their second. As of today there are 190 new community cases; 182 in Auckland, seven in Waikato, and one in Northland.

During media questions the Prime Minister gave her assurance that Aucklanders will be able to leave the city for Christmas. She says a date for the opening of the Auckland’s border will be announced next week.

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