New Zealand, a nation of 5 million people, appears to have eradicated community transmission of Covid-19 earlier this year following a difficult nationwide blockade that was later lifted.
Auckland’s new outbreak, detected in August, was the largest the country has seen with 179 linked cases, prompted Ardern to tighten restrictions in Auckland.
The easing of the measures means there will be no 100-person limit for gatherings in Auckland, nor physical distancing rules at bars and restaurants.
The country recorded a new case on Monday, involving a New Zealander returning from overseas, bringing its total number of confirmed cases to 1,499, including 25 deaths.
Ardern’s success in containing the coronavirus has played a major role in placing her firmly in the lead in the polls for a general election on October 17.