7 May 2020

As it happened: Covid-19 updates from NZ and around the world

6:28 pm on 7 May 2020

New Zealanders will no longer have to stick to their bubbles under alert level 2, the Prime Minister has confirmed today.

As Covid-19 spreads around the world, it can be daunting keeping up with the information. For RNZ, our responsibility is to give you verified, up to the minute, trustworthy information to help you make decisions about your lives and your health. We'll also be asking questions of officials and decision makers about how they're responding to the virus. Our aim is to keep you informed.

Jacinda Ardern today announced what the rules will be for life under alert level 2 in New Zealand.

Along with updates on retailing, hospitality, sport, education and travel, Ardern said people will no longer need to stick to bubbles at level 2 and will be able to visit friends and family.

But Ardern said people were advised to keep gatherings small wherever possible.

Both indoor and outdoor gatherings will still be limited to a maximum of 100 people.

She also said distancing measures in general will remain under a lower alert level.

"At alert level 2 playing it safe means two metres from strangers, but in your workplace or places where you're around people you know or people we can contact trace later, we can live with less."

See how the rest of the day's Covid-19 news unfolded with RNZ's live blog:

Get the RNZ app

for ad-free news and current affairs