The whole of New Zealand is now in the COVID-19 Orange Traffic Light setting.
This change came into effect at midnight on Wednesday April 13 and offers flexibility while protecting the country’s health systems and hospitals.
Orange reflects a reduction in risk to the public health system. Under the Orange traffic light there are no longer capacity limits for indoor or outdoor settings, face masks are still required in most of the same indoor settings as for red, apart from at schools, where they are encouraged but no longer required across the board.
Under the Orange traffic light, shoppers will still have to wear masks at supermarkets and stores.
Wairoa District Council Chief Executive Kitea Tipuna said while he knows people are welcoming the lessening of restrictions, everyone needs to remain vigilant.
“Particularly, as we approach the winter months, we could see an additional surge in influenza and potentially in Covid-19.” He urged members of the community to remain as protected as possible and follow the safety procedures that remain in place to protect communities.
19 April 2022
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