NZ mask rules eased as cases drop
September 24, 2020 9:42 am
New Zealand has eased most of its COVID-19 restrictions. [Source: BBC]
Face masks are no longer mandatory on public transport in most of New Zealand as COVID-19 cases continue to drop.
From midnight on Wednesday, they are required only in Auckland, the heart of a recent outbreak, and on planes.
The rest of New Zealand lifted all pandemic restrictions on Monday.
New Zealand was widely praised for its swift response to COVID-19 and everyday life largely went back to normal in June, but the virus reappeared in Auckland in August.
The country’s biggest city went back into lockdown, temporarily, as other curbs were re-imposed elsewhere.
New Zealand has now recorded 1,468 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 25 deaths.