Jacinda Ardern talks through "Delta Level 2" rules on The AM Show

The AM Show 07/09/2021

WATCH: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke to Ryan Bridge on The AM Show this morning about some of the confusion around the new level 2 rules throughout the country.

After announcing yesterday a new set of rules for level 2 for those outside of Auckland the Prime MInister clarified some of the changes this morning on The AM Show.

Both indoor and outdoor areas could have up to 150 people - 100 outside, 50 inside - and staff don't count towards these totals. Those inside will have to wear masks, except when they're eating and drinking. 

"The thing we've learned about Delta is when you're in those indoor environments - particularly when they've got average ventilation - we know it increases the risk. That's why we've just tried to encourage people [to wear masks]. 

"But we're being pragmatic. In hospitality environments when you're eating and drinking, we haven't required it there. That's where instead we're supplementing it by asking everyone to scan in those environments. If you don't have to wear a mask, generally we're asking you to scan instead."

Ardern said employers might not know they can still apply for the wage subsidy under level 2.

"People who are in the South Island in that level 2 environment are still eligible to apply for the wage subsidy with the usual criteria," she explained. "They could get it… you do not have to be [in level 3 or 4]. If any part of the country is at level 3 or 4, someone can apply for the wage subsidy. 

"So yes, in the South Island if you still fit the criteria of having had that revenue decline, then you are eligible for the wage subsidy. I have heard people in hospitality who haven't been aware of that." 

Watch the full interview above and catch The AM Show every weekday on Magic Talk & THREE, 6-9am.