The Government plans to phase in more ‘freedom’ under Alert Level 2, to boost domestic demand and protect jobs.


  • On 13 May, New Zealand moved to Alert Level 2 “Reduce”, with hopes to restart the economy. As the nation progresses through this level, the Government plans to regularly adjust their restrictions to allow more activity when it is safe to do so.
  • Ideas such as a shorter working week and creating more public holidays have been floated to help boost spending in the tourism and hospitality sectors that have been hit particularly hard by the lockdown.
  • Domestic travel is now permitted, with tourism operators and airlines ramping up services to meet demand. While international borders remain closed, there is scope for amendments in the future and a trans-Tasman bubble (i.e. a ‘safe travel zone’ with Australia) is possible at Alert Level 2.