16 May 2020

As it happened: Live updates from NZ and around the world

5:51 pm on 16 May 2020

Many malls, restaurants, cafes and cinemas are now open under level 2, and people are allowed to burst their bubbles to catch up with friends and family.

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.

But while restrictions on movement, activity and socialising have eased, there are still many rules to adhere to when out and about.

People should continue to keep 2 metres from people they don't know when out in public and in shops, and 1 metre in workplaces, gyms, libraries and cinemas.

Gatherings, including weddings and parties, are limited to 10 people, while up to 50 people are allowed at funerals and tangihanga if strict public health measures are in place.

Sports are allowed, subject to conditions on gatherings.

The restrictions on gatherings will be reviewed on 25 May.

  • If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453 (+64 9 358 5453 for international SIMs) or call your GP

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