Wellington: New Zealand will switch to the new Covid-19 traffic light system on December 3, which allows businesses and events to reopen to vaccinated Kiwis, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday.Also Read – COVID-19: Delhi HC Resumes Full-Fledged Physical Hearings
All of New Zealand will enter the Covid-19 protection framework at 11:59 p.m. on December 2, making December 3 the first day the traffic light system will be operational, Ardern said in a post press conference. -cabinet. Read also – 29 students from Telangana boarding school tested positive for Covid-19
The simplified frame has three levels: green, orange and red. Vaccination certificates will offer greater freedom at each level. The new traffic light framework will allow businesses previously considered to be at high risk to fully open up to customers vaccinated in green and orange, and continue to operate with certain restrictions in red, the prime minister said citing the news agency. Xinhua. Also Read – US Lacks Time to Limit Dangerous Covid Wave: Dr Fauci, White House Medical Advisor
She added that businesses that choose to open up to the unvaccinated will face restrictions in order to remove the virus from those most likely to have it. “Setting the date now gives individuals, communities and businesses time to prepare to safely and smoothly enter the new traffic light system. “
Decisions on which color each region will settle in will be confirmed on November 29, giving regions time to further increase vaccination rates, the prime minister said. “Auckland will enter Red. The settings for other regions will be based on factors such as vaccination levels, but the cabinet has already confirmed that no region will start in Green while we are in transition and dealing with a current epidemic, ”he said. she declared.
Detailed sector advice will be released later this week so businesses and other organizations can see how they will perform with each traffic light setting, Ardern added. The Prime Minister called on people to get vaccinated and upload their passports for vaccines, as the main difference between the alert level system and the new traffic light system is that passes for vaccines will be soon required in places like bars, gyms and restaurants.
To date, 91% of New Zealanders have received their first dose and 83% are fully immunized, according to the Department of Health. The Pass vaccines will first be tested at hairdressers and barbers in Auckland’s largest city from Thursday to ensure the transition to the new system goes as smoothly as possible the following week, Ardern said. Companies participating in the trial must operate with Vaccine Passes, take reservations only and all staff must be fully immunized, she added.