Earlier this week New Zealand lifted all of their coronavirus restrictions within the country after going three weeks without recording a new Covid-19 case.
New Zealand’s government will lift all Covid-19 restrictions except stringent border controls almost immediately, prime minister Jacinda Ardern has said, as the nation’s health officials declared that there were no longer any known, active cases of the coronavirus remaining.
“We are ready,” said Ardern at a news conference in Wellington, adding that New Zealanders had “united in unprecedented ways to crush the virus.”
On Saturday, New Zealand became one of the first countries in the world to welcome thousands of fans back into a packed sports stadium, thanks to the country’s resounding success in eliminating the coronavirus.
Here are the scenes from Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin where thousands gathered to watch a rugby match without wearing masks or having to practice social distancing.
New Zealand has conquered coronavirus. First rugby game with a crowd. Beautiful to witness 🇳🇿 https://t.co/6mP1UBvDku
— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) June 13, 2020
— Elizabeth Webber (@LizabethClare) June 13, 2020
👏🏽 Congratulations, New Zealand.
Today our team of 5 million makes history as crowds return to professional sport for the first time in the world since the Covid-19 lock down.
— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) June 12, 2020