The move from Level 3 to Level 2 over the next 10 days starting on 14 May will lift a weight off both the economy and New Zealanders' mood, said Peter Vial FCA, New Zealand Country Head of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
"Many businesses around the country will start to breathe more easily after almost seven weeks of very challenging times during the lockdown."
"The ongoing battle to eliminate COVID-19 will continue to weigh very heavily on the economy," Vial said. "It will be a long slow slog to attain the nationwide economic vibrancy the country requires to recover and to start paying off the multi-billion dollar loans we have racked up."
The "golden rules" of Level 2
- Keep your distance from other people when you are out in public, including on transport.
- If you're sick, stay home. Don't go to work or school. Don't socialise. This should be a really low bar.
- If you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline immediately and get tested.
- Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Do it properly.
- Don't get together socially or mix and mingle with more than 10 people at once.
- And keep a track of where you've been and who you've seen.
Level 2 announcement
The Prime Minister’s announces the Level 2 timetable.Read the speech