New Zealand issue new lockdown guidance that separates families and lovers who don’t live together

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses media in Wellington, New Zealand. EPA-EFE/BORIS JANCIC

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New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern’s government has quietly codified what the media in New Zealand has nicknamed the “bonk ban” more than a week into the country’s clampdown designed to stamp out Covid-19

New Zealand authorities have issued new lockdown guidance that separates families and lovers who don’t live together.

With Kiwis not even half-way through an initial four-week lockdown that may even be extended, it remains to be seen how long they’ll spend apart.

Self-isolation principles under the lockdown in New Zealand were previously vague.

Before the lockdown, Ms Ardern asked Kiwis to “apply common sense” and shrink down their social group to “a small group of individuals who are part of your bubble … the bubble you must maintain” for the month.

That was understood largely to mean households, but the non-specific language allowed families and partners who didn’t live to see each other.

However, the issuing of a Health Act Order, replaced the unspecific order with explicit language, leaves no room for misinterpretation.

It allows for no fraternising across households with very limited exemptions; for shared custody of children, and when at least one of the partners lives alone.

The end result is the criminalisation of most relationships between Kiwis who don’t live together.

Ms Ardern has justified the decision as necessary to fight coronavirus, on the same day that New Zealand’s cases reached 1,000.

Read more via New Zealand Herald


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