New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Cancels Wedding Within New Omicron Limits


New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters Sunday that the wedding was canceled as the country imposed new restrictions to slow the spread of Omicron variants to the community.

New Zealand imposes mask rules and restricts collection from midnight on Sunday after a cluster of nine COVID-19 Omicron cases has shown to spread the community from north to south islands after the wedding ..

The family flew back to Nelson on the South Island after attending a wedding and other events in Auckland, North Island. Family members and flight attendants tested positive.

New Zealand will move to a red setting with more masks under the COVID-19 protection framework. The maximum number of people for indoor hospitality settings such as bars and restaurants and events such as weddings is 100 people. According to Arden, the limit will be reduced to 25 if the venue is not using a vaccine pass.

“My wedding won’t go any further,” she told reporters, adding that she’s sorry for anyone involved in a similar scenario. Ardan did not disclose the date of her wedding, but it was rumored to be imminent.

When asked by reporters how she felt about canceling her wedding with longtime partner and fishing show host Clarke Gayford, Ardan replied, “This is life.”

She added: Serious illness. It’s far better than any sadness I experience. “

The New Zealand border has been closed to foreigners since March 2020. The government has postponed plans for a gradual resumption from mid-January to the end of February, fearing the possibility of an outbreak of Omicron, as in neighboring Australia.

People who can travel to New Zealand under narrow exceptions must apply to stay in a state-controlled quarantine facility. The government stopped issuing new slots last week as the number of people arriving with Omicron surged.

About 94% of New Zealand’s population over the age of 12 is fully vaccinated, and about 56% of eligible individuals are boosted.

Reuters

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