In the spring, in New Zealand’s autumn, the country had what its Prime Minister JacindaArdern called “the strictest restrictions on New Zealanders in its modern history” behind it. At that time, in early March, when news of the worldwide spread of the virus made the rounds. 4besnews
And so the Prime Minister accompanied her citizens through the lockdown days via the social media. She assured the children that the Easter Bunny could come – after all, he was systemically relevant. The government’s medical team gave and gives explanation lessons on Facebook, and the borders of the island state on the other side of the world remained sealed to eradicate the virus and keep it away. As a result, Covid-19 infections and 25 deaths were recorded in 1998 alone.
F9news In June, when New Zealand for the first time showed no active infections, the Prime Minister did a little dance, she revealed: After 100 Covid-19-free days there was another outbreak in Auckland. As a result, the entire megacity – the largest in the country – was sent back into lockdown without hesitation. There are currently 55 active cases, almost all of them returnees and therefore under control.
Everyone who has been allowed to return at all has to be put in hotel quarantine for 14 days after arrival, with a short daily yard round. Because so many New Zealanders want to visit their homeland for Christmas, the government had to find more quarantine places so that everyone can enter.
International travelers are still not allowed to visit the country – which hits tourism hard, as everywhere else in the world. In everyday life, to which the country has otherwise returned, no one has to wear a mask, but they should, as the Ministry of Health advises. And Prime Minister Ardern continues to give her protégés advice via the social media – especially after a recent case in Auckland. Travel within New Zealand is again allowed without restriction, but the use of mouth and nose protection is recommended in public transport (including ferryboats) and stores.
You are still expected to follow hygiene precautions. Please follow the instructions of the local authorities. High fines may be imposed if hygiene regulations are violated. Everyone is strongly advised to download the trancing app and scan the QR codes in stores, public buildings and in public traffic. If you have already incurred costs for a trip to New Zealand that cannot take place due to the coronavirus, you may not get these costs back. Many insurance companies refer customers to the “force majeure” clause, which states that they do not have to pay in the event of a pandemic. Many tour operators and travel agencies do not have sufficient funds to reimburse the cost of all trips booked. New Zealand immigration authorities also do not reimburse the cost of (NZETA) visas that cannot be used due to Corona. However, visas that have been granted are likely to be used for future travel.
She has already been given a new name on Instagram for her caring: Aunt Cindy. “Till then, rest up everyone!” Until then – rest up!