New Zealand lifts lockdown; goes back to new normal

 | Updated: May 14, 2020, 09:41 AM IST

Kiwis can rejoice as New Zealand is lifting its lockdown as new coronavirus cases have been decreasing, and no new cases were reported in the past two days.

Malls, shops, restaurants will be reopening from Thursday, and people can return to their workplaces. 

Rules of social distancing will be in place, and a gathering of maximum 10 people will be allowed. 

Phasing out the lockdown

New Zealand has been phasing out the lockdown since weeks, by allowing people to step out for essential shopping and walks.


Fast food chains open

Last week as fast food restaurants were allowed to reopen for take-aways, families were seen heading out for some tasty treats.


Malls to reopen

Malls, restaurants and shops will be allowed to reopen from Thursday. People can also go back to their workplaces.


Social distancing is important

Social distancing rules will be in place till further notice. It will be compulsory for people to wear masks when outdoors, and only 10 people will be allowed to gather at a time at any place.


Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is being termed as 'the most effective leader on the planet' because of her decisive and humane way of handling and eliminating coronavirus from the country.