All remaining COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted across much of New Zealand from late Monday except the largest city, Auckland, which will continue to have some restrictions for at least 16days. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement on Monday after meeting with top lawmakers.
Under the new plan, social distancing is not required and there are no restrictions on public gathering but borders remain closed for foreign travelers. Auckland needs more time, Ardern told reporters she did "a little dance" when she was told the country no longer had any active COVID-19 cases.
"While we're in a safer, stronger position, there's still no easy path back to pre-Covid life, but the determination and focus we have had on our health response will now be vested in our economic rebuild," Ms Ardern said.
"While the job is not done, there is no denying this is a milestone. So can I finish with a very simple, 'Thank you, New Zealand'."
New Zealand has reported no new Coronavirus infected cases for more than two weeks.
Health authorities reported no new COVID-19 cases on Monday. The number of active COVID-19 cases is 62, with 33 of those from community spread and 29 among quarantined returning travelers.