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Wellington going back to level one

Back to business as usual in the capital and its surrounds after thousands of negative Covid tests.
Posted on 29 June, 2021
Wellington going back to level one

Wellington will move back to alert level one from 11.59pm on June 29 after more than six days of being under heightened Covid-19 restrictions.

The region – including the Wairarapa and north of Otaki – has been at alert level two since 6pm on June 23 after an Australian tourist with coronavirus had visited the capital the previous weekend. 

The rest of the country has remained at alert level one throughout.

Dr Ashley Bloomfield, director-general of health, says there have been more than 8,200 tests of people in Wellington over the past week and all had returned negative results. He adds the likelihood of people in Wellington still incubating the virus was “now very low”.

The government has also announced the trans-Tasman bubble for South Australia, ACT, Tasmania and Victoria will be lifted from 11.59pm on July 4. Travellers from Australia will require a pre-departure test within 72 hours of their flight, which will need to be negative.

A pause on quarantine-free travel between here and NSW, Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory remains in place and will be reviewed by Cabinet on July 5.