Theaters, restaurants, cafes and gyms will reopen from May 14, said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday.


New Zealand, which has practically stopped the COVID-19 with an early response to the pandemic, will resume almost all of its activity, including cinemas, colleges and pubs, staggered over the next ten days, although it will maintain the physical distance measurements.

The cinemas, restaurants, cafes and gyms will reopen from May 14, said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday, detailing the relaxation of level 3 to 2 of the measures imposed against the new coronavirus.

“At level two we are out again (on the streets). Almost all of our economy will reopen,” said the New Zealand president at a press conference in Wellington, who has been internationally praised for her achievements in the fight against COVID-19.

Next Thursday, retail stores and other public spaces such as playgrounds will reopen, while healthcare services will resume.

Schoolchildren will return to colleges starting Monday May 18, while the reopening of the pubs It is scheduled for May 21.

The relaxation of the alert by the pandemic of the COVID-19 will require the people of New Zealand continue to maintain physical distance, which imposes a maximum of ten people per table in restaurants and pubs.

New Zealand, whose government imposed confinement measures that have been considered among the strictest on the planet, so far records 1,147 cases of the COVID-19, which includes 21 deaths and three new infections in the last 24 hours.

Ardern said his government will review the country’s situation in two weeks with a view to returning to normal.

“We have won a battle, but not the war,” said the Labor leader.

New Zealand authorities progressively implemented restrictive measures in late March when he had 28 infections from the new coronavirus with a strict quarantine declared on the 25th of that month.

On April 28, they began to relax the measures with the authorization to restart 75 percent of economic and commercial activities, although there are still restrictions on activities and movement.

New Zealand It is proposed to completely eradicate the virus in this country of about 5 million inhabitants pending the development of a vaccine.