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Auckland’s Mayor, Phil Goff, welcomed the announcement of a trans-Tasman bubble on Tuesday.
Cabinet made a decision under the advice of Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield and the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, to open up the border with Australia as it poses only a low risk due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Mayor Goff says it will allow families and friends to reunite after back closed down for around a year.
“It is time for Auckland to begin step by safe step to reopen to the world,” he said.
“Tourism and hospitality businesses will be enthusiastic about Australian visitors – our city’s biggest single source of international tourists – returning to Auckland, giving a much-needed boost to jobs and incomes.”
A significant impact due to public health measures assures that it is safe to do so by reopening.
The hard work that the team of five million went through to get to this point has been proven to work. Now New Zealanders and Australians can reunite and celebrate a COVID-free world, full of freedoms to explore; in turn, providing a ‘big boost’ to the economy for both.
“But having faced the need on four occasions to implement Level 3 or 4 restrictions, we don’t want to put at risk what we have worked so hard to attain: the ability within our borders to enjoy normal freedoms and activities,” Mayor Goff said.
“That justifies the caution shown by the Government in not rushing to open borders and working out the protocols and the actions that will need to be taken when there is a risk of transmission within the bubble.”
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