Wellington's mayor isn't entirely sure why the capital's MIQ facilities are being halved.
MBIE has decided to stop using one of Wellington's quarantine hotels, leaving just one in operation.
MIQ officials say Wellington Airport is not set up to easily cater for red zone flights
Andy Foster told Kate Hawkesby he's not sure why returnees aren't being shared around the regions.
"Question marks about why a whole lot of people are being accommodated in the centre of our biggest city, but do you want to take the risk of moving people around the country? The Government's made a judgement that's not what they want to do."