Jacinda Ardern has announced a plan to get New Zealanders stuck in Australia back home. During the Covid-19 pandemic, New Zealanders were to undergo a ten-day quarantine to go back home.
Jacinda Ardern scrapes hotel quarantine
Thus far, New Zealand has had very strict border rules. This included a strict hotel quarantine which many could not secure in time. One pregnant journalist expressed her frustration with this as she couldn’t secure a place for her hotel quarantine.
According to news.com.au, on the 27th of February, all New Zealanders that are in Australia will be able to go home without having to quarantine in a hotel. The rules have since been changed and they are able to quarantine at home. They are, however, required to quarantine for ten days.
Quarantine time is expected to change
Now, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, relayed that the quarantine time span will be considered to change from 10 to 7 days. By the time all New Zealanders are home, any risks of more omicron exposures would not have any effect on the state.
Plans to reopen the country to the world are also in place. New Zealanders that are in other parts of the world are only expected to be returning sometime in March.
So, when asked if these dates are definite, Jacinda Ardern expressed that the nation’s best bet is a booster vaccine. With the booster, the nation is able to welcome tourists at some point in the year. With the booster in place, these dates will definitely follow through.
A review of these plans is set to take place on the 20th of February.