New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the country will begin to lift coronavirus-related lockdown measures in several phases.
- Starting May 14, cafes, movie theaters, shops, malls and restaurants will reopen. Gatherings of up to 10 people will be allowed and New Zealanders will be permitted to travel within the country.
- Starting May 18, schools will open.
- Starting May 21, bars will reopen.
As of Monday, New Zealand had identified 1,497 confirmed and probable coronavirus patients. Though the rate of new infections has slowed significantly, Ardern said the country would proceed with caution.
"We may have won a few battles, but we have not won the war," she said.