18 Mar 2022

No expert advice on National's call to drop Covid restrictions

From Checkpoint, 5:15 pm on 18 March 2022

It's time to get back to "normal", National leader Chris Luxon says. He is calling for immediately ditching most requirements for vaccine passes.

He also wants to see isolation periods dropped from seven to five days for those with Omicron.

Cabinet is reviewing all government restrictions with an announcement expected next week.

Luxon conceded the party did not get specific expert advice on its call to drop most Covid restrictions.

"We see advice and look at what's happening around the world," he said.

Luxon also did not know how many more Covid cases would come into NZ if pre-departure testing was scrapped, as National is recommending.

He said Dr Shane Reti agrees with the policy, and spokesperson Chris Bishop would have spoken to Dr Reti about it.