Auckland Travel Rules Slightly Relaxed

New Zealand eased travel restrictions in Auckland on Monday (27/9), six weeks after the country’s most populous city underwent PPKM due to the coronavirus.

Residents are allowed to cross the city limits from Monday evening if they are moving permanently, have arrangements regarding care or co-care services or return to their homes.

Those leaving Auckland for travel to provide care services must undergo a coronavirus test within a week of departure.

Customers line up as they go shopping at a supermarket in Auckland, New Zealand, August 17, 2021.

Customers line up as they go shopping at a supermarket in Auckland, New Zealand, August 17, 2021.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said more flexibility was given because the system of restrictions related to the pandemic was effective.

The city reported eight new infections on Tuesday (28/9) in the last 24 hour period. Auckland underwent PPKM on 17 August after the Delta variant reportedly emerged from a hotel where a New Zealander was quarantined after he returned from Sydney.

The pandemic-related restrictions elsewhere in New Zealand are nothing more than the mandatory wearing of masks. [uh/lt]

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