New Zealand hailed as one of the world leaders in containing the virus – has now announced it’s looking at re-opening most elements of society as soon as next Wednesday.

Under “Level 2” lockdown – home gatherings should still be small, but up to 100 people will be able to attend events like weddings.

People will be able to go back to work or school, restaurants can re-open with tables spaced apart, and travel around the country will be allowed again. Public facilities can re-open, and sport competitions can resume too.

“Physical distancing, good hygiene and contact tracing will be essential to making Level 2 work,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

A decision on this all going ahead will come Monday, but certainly, it’s a big acceleration from the deep lockdown the nation was in just three weeks ago – where everyone had to stay home and only supermarkets and pharmacies were open.

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