Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has provided the official guidelines for COVID-19 alert level 2 in preparation for Cabinet's decision next week about shifting New Zealand out of level 3.
All businesses can restart at level 2, but with good hygiene practices in place, but the Prime Minister is still encouraging Kiwis to work from home where you can.
At level 2, cafes, restaurants and bars can open. But retail must practice physical distancing, while malls must follow the rules that supermarkets currently follow.
Hairdressers must wear personal protective equipment (PPR) to protect their requirements, because of how close they get to their clients.
As for hospitality, those businesses that can apply people being seated. Crowds of strangers with no physical distancing will make it too difficult for contact tracing.
Kiwis must be separated as much as possible, and every table must have a single server.
The maximum gathering limit will be 100 and it will be the same for outdoor events. The Prime Minister said it is just too risky to allow so many people to congregate.
New Zealanders will no longer have to stick to their 'bubble', and you will be able to travel around the country, which the Prime Minister noted will be welcomed by the tourism industry.
Schools, universities, and learning centres will open under alert level 2, but Ardern said schools will open the week after the announcement is made.
The border will remain unchanged and the elimination strategy will remain in place.
Public health measures remain unchanged: so if you are sick or have any symptoms you must stay home, Ardern said. She said to wash all surfaces regularly.