As New Zealand changes its Covid-19 response, public health experts disagree with the decision to scrap compulsory mask-wearing on public transport.
Kiwis split on mask wearing as NZ ‘moves on’ from Covid-19
Many New Zealanders enjoyed the luxury of a morning commute without a mask on Tuesday, the first day of relaxed Covid-19 restrictions.
Others opted to leave them on for their bus and train trips, a sign of the fear that runs deep in hard-hit New Zealand and the division which underpins the government’s call.
On Monday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the abandonment of the Covid-19 restrictions system – which had led to protests earlier this year – leaving only minimal mask-wearing and isolation provisions in place.
Citing rapidly reduced case numbers and hospitalisations, Ardern said it was time to “take back certainty”.