13 Apr 2022

NZ to move to orange Covid restrictions before Easter

From Checkpoint, 5:13 pm on 13 April 2022

Red Covid restrictions, which meant people had to be seated and separated at a bar or restaurant, are being eased as NZ moves to orange level restrictions.

The whole of New Zealand will move to orange from midnight tonight, with the main change to the rules for indoor gatherings.

Gone is the 200-person limit, the seating and separated requirements, and the need to wear a mask.

The advice for older students at school will also change, as masks go from being mandatory to being encouraged.

But mask use will be still be compulsory at a range of places - including flights, public transport and retail.

Here's our political editor, Jane Patterson.