New Zealand to try new COVID-19 system with Auckland reopening – .

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New Zealand to try new COVID-19 system with Auckland reopening – .


Bars, restaurants and gyms reopened in Auckland on Friday as the last major parts of a lockdown that lasted more than 100 days came to an end.

New Zealand has entered a new phase of its coronavirus response in which there will be no lockdown, but people will need to be fully vaccinated – and prove it with vaccine passes – in order to access de many services.

The government decided that vaccination rates were high enough to switch to the new system, with around 87% of people aged 12 and over fully vaccinated. In Auckland, which has been at the center of the country’s outbreak, the rate is over 90%.

Patrons enjoy meals and drinks at a restaurant in central Auckland, New Zealand on Friday, December 3, 2021. Bars, restaurants and gyms reopened in Auckland on Friday as the last major parts of a lockdown that lasted more than 100 days ended. New Zealand has entered a new phase in its response to the virus in which there will be no lockdown, but people will have to show vaccine passes for many services.
(Alex Burton/NZ Herald via AP)

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The threat posed by the new omicron variant has not altered plans to reopen, after New Zealand on Sunday restricted travel from nine southern African countries. No case of omicron has been found in New Zealand and authorities remain confident that cases will be detected at the border by the quarantine system.

There was a sense of excitement among Auckland patrons on Friday, some of whom visited the bars by the time they were cleared to open at midnight.

A man sits outside a cafe in central Auckland, New Zealand on Friday, December 3, 2021. Bars, restaurants and gyms reopened in Auckland on Friday as the last major parts of a long-lasting lockdown more than 100 days have ended. New Zealand has entered a new phase in its response to the virus in which there will be no lockdown, but people will have to show vaccine passes for many services. (Alex Burton / NZ Herald via AP)
(Alex Burton/NZ Herald via AP)

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Michael Barnett, chief executive of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, said there was a sense of relief for many business owners, who would try to make the most of the next two weeks leading up to Christmas.

He said many owners are trying to come to terms with new obligations to check vaccine passes.

“There were a lot of questions, more than anything else,” Barnett said. “Questions about ‘How can I operate? What should I do ? What should I ask for? It was a day off for a lot of companies. “

Patrons eat out at cafes in central Auckland, New Zealand on Friday, December 3, 2021. Bars, restaurants and gyms reopened in Auckland on Friday as the last major parts of a lockdown that has lasted for more than 100 days have ended. New Zealand has entered a new phase in its response to the virus in which there will be no lockdown, but people will have to show vaccine passes for many services. (Alex Burton / NZ Herald via AP)
(Alex Burton/NZ Herald via AP)

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Some restrictions remain. Auckland’s border with the rest of the country will not reopen until mid-December.

A new system of “traffic lights” is designed to indicate where epidemics put pressure on the health system. A green designation imposes few restrictions, orange requires more mask wearing and distancing, and red limits the size of gatherings to 100 people or less.

Auckland and a few other areas started at a red light while the rest of the country started at amber. The government hopes to turn Auckland to orange soon.

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