WELLINGTON, March 5 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand's major city Auckland will lower its COVID-19 restriction level to Alert Level 2 from 6:00 a.m. local time on Sunday after a week of citywide lockdown, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Friday.
Auckland moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 from Level 2 on Feb. 28, with the rest of the country moved into Alert Level 2 from Level 1, after two community cases were found. One of the cases visited several locations while being infectious, Ardern told a press conference.
People are asked to stay at home under Alert Level 3. Their daily life activities can go back to normal under Alert Level 2 except that the scale of gatherings would be restricted to 100 people. Alert Level 1 requires people to keep social distancing on mind in daily life.
Being under Alert Level 2 from Sunday morning, Aucklanders will be able to return to workplaces and schools and visit malls and restaurants.