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New Zealand Scraps Most Covid Rules as Virus Battle Winds Down

  • Masks no longer needed anywhere expect in healthcare settings
  • Vaccine mandates removed, including for arriving travelers
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New Zealand Scraps Most Covid-19 Restrictions

New Zealand will no longer require people to wear masks in indoor public spaces or to be vaccinated to work in certain roles, as the country winds down its pandemic battle and learns to live with Covid-19.

From midnight, face coverings won’t need to be worn anywhere except in health settings like hospitals and aged-care facilities, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a news conference Monday in Wellington. The framework used to specify the level of risk to the community from Covid-19 and corresponding restrictions will be scrapped, she said.