13 May 2020

Covid-19: State of emergency lifted and replaced by transition period

3:34 pm on 13 May 2020

The state of emergency across New Zealand has been lifted on the eve of alert level 2 - putting the country in a transition period.

Peeni Henare, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Minister for Whānau Ora, and Youth.

Civil Defence Minister Peeni Henare said having a national transition period will support a consistent and coordinated approach. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller

New Zealand has been under a state of national emergency since 25 March - the first day of lockdown.

It's allowed authorities to close roads and requisition land for Covid-19 testing or emergency accommodation.

New legislation is being pushed through Parliament under urgency today to ensure the level 2 restrictions can still be enforced.

During the transition phase, Civil Defence can continue to give orders to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Civil Defence Minister Peeni Henare said putting the national transition period in place will support a consistent and coordinated approach to civil defence emergency management activities.

This includes providing for the conservation of supply of food, fuel and other essential supplies, and directing people to stop any activity that may cause, or substantially contribute to the spread of Covid-19.

Police can also exercise powers during this period.

It will remain in place for 90 days unless extended or terminated earlier.

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