Jacinda Ardern has announced that the current Alert Levels throughout the country, Level 2.5 in Auckland and Level 2 everywhere else, will remain at least for the next 10 days pending a review on Monday 14 September.
If there is a change after that review it will take effect on the following Wednesday.
Ardern noted that New Zealand is currently in the most perilous part of our COVID response - the descent. She looked to Melbourne as an example of how this can go wrong if we become complacent.
Over the weekend Kiwis can expect to see a greater presence of health workers in the community, especially in Auckland, as well as an increased presence of police, particularly in places where people traditionally publicly gather.
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has expressed that the decision to keep the city at Alert Level 2(.5) is the right one.
“Aucklanders can be proud of the success we have had so far in constraining the second outbreak of COVID-19, and I thank them for the sacrifices they have made to achieve that,” he said.
“But it’s crucial that we stay the course. While we are all looking forward to Level 1, the last thing we want is to move too early and risk a further resurgence of the virus.
“I urge everyone to continue following the rules: wear a mask when on public transport and in other situations where physical distancing is difficult, keep up with good hygiene practices like hand-washing, and track your movements with the NZ COVID Tracer app. Doing so will keep yourself and others safe, and will help get us back to Level 1.”
Ardern also expressed how proud she was to see Kiwis sticking to social distancing and mask regulations.