Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield have hinted that Auckland’s COVID-19 lockdown could last until the end of the month.
I’ll be amazed if Auckland’s lockdown doesn’t stay in place for at least two weeks.
What is harder to judge is the rest of the country. Even if Level 4 is lifted next week, it may only move to Level 3, which is still a lockdown.
The big gap is between Level 2 and Level 3. Level 1 and Level 2 are both relatively free and Level 3 and Level 4 are both heavily restrictive.
It is possible nowhere in NZ will get back to Level 2 or 1 until September.
Let’s just hope the number of cases peaks soon.