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Level one will receive a wary welcome

June 3, 2020

Level one will receive a wary welcome

Prime Minister Jacinda Adern today set out what Kiwis can expect at Level 1. Image: Stuff

Level one may be coming, but people are wary.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the guidelines for the Covid pandemic alert level one this afternoon so Te Wahanui asked a few shoppers for their reactions.

There was trust, some excitement, but also a nervousness about the June 8 Cabinet meeting which will decide when to move to a level with the removal of all limitations on the number of people who can gather in one place.

Nav Singh says she trusts the Prime Minister and her guidance.

“She has got us this far and I trust that she will move restrictions when it is right”, Mrs Singh says.

Ms Singh is 37 weeks pregnant and says she will not be impacted by the change in gathering size.

Ray Sherwood says he is a bit worried about the dramatic drop in restrictions under level one.

“I am very conservative about these kinds of things,” says Mr Sherwood.

He would like to wait another two weeks before the country moves out of level two, but admits life does not change very much for him either way.

Margaret D is continuing to be careful about keeping her distance and does not take public transport, but thinks it is time to move to alert level one.

She is nervous about breaking her bubble too much and says she is waiting for a further drop in restrictions before she hugs her family again.

Ms D is excited for life to get back to normal under level one, despite her current concerns.

Under level one there will be no restriction on the size of gatherings, meaning concert venues can be sold out and Tangihanga go ahead unimpeded.

Restaurants will not need to leave empty tables between patrons and community sport can return to normal.

Prime Minister Ardern urges everyone to continue to keep personal hygiene to a high level and keep track of where they have been.

Strict border restrictions will remain in place.

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