New Zealand was moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 – Restrict, for the next 48 hours before then moving into Level 4 – Eliminate, as New Zealand escalates its response to stop the virus in its tracks, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.
Due to the early and strong steps we’ve taken, New Zealand is fortunate not to be as hard-hit by the virus as other countries but the trajectory is clear. We are under attack as the rest of the world and must unite to stop the worst from happening here.
If community transmission takes off in New Zealand the number of cases will double every five days. If that happens unchecked, our health system will be inundated, and thousands of New Zealanders will die.Jacinda Ardern
At Level 3, they asked all non-essential businesses to close. This included bars, restaurants, cafes, gyms, cinemas, pools, museums, libraries, and other places where people gather together. Essential services remained open, such as supermarkets, banks, GPs, pharmacies, service stations, couriers, and other important frontline service providers.
New Zealand is fighting an unprecedented global pandemic and it will take a collective effort of every single New Zealander doing the right thing to give us our best shot at curtailing community outbreak.Jacinda Ardern
New Zealand went in level 4 Lockdown 23rd March 2020.