11 Apr 2023

Cabinet set to discuss potential Covid-19 rule changes

From Morning Report, 7:10 am on 11 April 2023

The Prime Minister says there are numerous moving parts to consider when Cabinet debates later today whether to remove all remaining Covid-19 restrictions.

Most of the outstanding rules were scrapped in September last year, but a mandatory seven-day isolation period remains for those who test positive.

Chris Hipkins told Morning Report the Government needs to consider not only the health implications but also how any decision affects schools, businesses and communities.

Epidemiologist Michael Baker says the restrictions should remain in place, while Business NZ is urging the government to follow other countries and dump them.