This is a video update from Deaf Aotearoa. Auckland is still at Alert Level 3. Waikato has recorded a few people with COVID-19 in Raglan and Hamilton, so this means parts of the Waikato are at Alert Level 3. Other parts of Waikato are still at Alert Level 2. The rest of New Zealand remains at Alert Level 2.

You can visit the Unite Against COVID website where they have map to show what the current Alert Level is at an address. You can type in your address and it will tell you the result.

Today, Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern announced a plan to ease restrictions in Auckland. This will allow for more flexibility. There are 3 stages with Stage 1 starting tomorrow.

Stage 1 means two homes with their own bubbles can meet outside as long as there is a maximum of 10 people. Early Childhood Education centres will be able to open and operate as normal. You will also be able to do more activities such as going to the beach or hunting.

At Stage 2, while still at Alert Level 3, will see more shops able to open as long as there are face coverings and social distancing. Swimming pools and Zoos will be able to open. People can meet outside in groups up to 25 people.

At Stage 3, while still at Alert Level 3, will see hospitality business open with social distancing while seated and a maximum of 50 people indoors.

This plan gives Auckland a 3 stages plan to ease restrictions to allow businesses to continue to operate. This will be reviewed each week.

The rest of New Zealand at Alert Level 2 will also have some new flexibility. Before hospitality businesses were restricted to a maximum of 100 people, which has now been removed.

Today 2 million people are fully vaccinated which accounts for about 48% of the population. 3.3 million people have either had the first or both doses which accounts for about 79% of the population. If you have not yet had your first vaccination, you can walk-in without an appointment. The more people we have vaccinated, the earlier we can return to normal life.