NZ to move to full Level 2, with gatherings of 100

Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday that the country would move to the full Level 2, in which gatherings of up to 100 people are permitted, Marc Daalder reports

From Friday, funerals, tangihanga and religious services will be permitted to operate with up to 100 people and will no longer have to register with the Ministry of Health.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday afternoon that the country would move to the full Level 2, after an original, cautious transition to a limited version of the country's "safer normal" on May 14. That first transition limited many events to 10 people, although funerals and tangihanga were later permitted to expand to 50 with Ministry of Health permission.

"We can now be highly confident, more than three weeks after the shift to Level 3, that there are no new cases attributable to the more relaxed restrictions which we had as we stepped down into Level 3 and started moving beyond that," Ardern said.

"On the basis of this good news, Cabinet has decided we can now increase the size of all gatherings to 100 from 12 noon this Friday. The shift to 100 means many more gatherings will be able to occur from now on. These changes are good news for business and those looking to plan gatherings."

Ardern also said Cabinet would reconsider the Level 2 settings in two weeks, on June 8. On June 22 at the latest, Cabinet would consider setting a date for the move to Level 1.

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