The new Covid rules come into force this weekend

Changes to some Covid-19 regulations come into effect this weekend, following Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement on Wednesday.

New Zealand is still on red in the traffic light system, but some rules have been changed and will come into effect at 11.59pm on Friday evening.

There will be no size limit for outdoor gatherings, while the indoor limit has doubled to 200.

“As of midnight this Friday, outdoor gathering restrictions will be lifted. We know outdoor gatherings are safe,” Ardern said.

However, my vaccination cards still have to be used by both of them by April 4, 11:59 p.m.

“We are aware that some companies, events or venues may still be using vaccination cards, so we will maintain the infrastructure for them,” Ardern said on Wednesday.

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QR codes no longer need to be displayed by companies or required records to be kept. People don’t have to scan.

Face masks do not have to be worn outside.

The next settings check will be on April 4th. Ardern said Thursday some regions could move to Orange before others, depending on hospitalization rates.

“The orange settings remain broadly the same, with no gathering restrictions but with additional advice on conducting safe events and a new requirement for workers to wear masks at indoor events,” the Prime Minister said.

“Red means indoor gathering restrictions and masks, orange means masks and green means guidance.

“At all levels, testing and isolation requirements remain as they are now.”

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