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New Zealanders will have to wait their turn to see their loved ones in rest homes during Alert Level Two.
Some aged care facilities will allow visitors from Thursday.
However, the centres will still be high-risk environments, and there will be strict rules to keep residents safe.
Aged Care Association chief executive Simon Wallace told Kate Hawkesby people will have to book a time to see their loved ones.
He says the centres won't be able to allow everyone to visit their loved ones all at once on Thursday.
"There will be restrictions around visiting hours when people can come in."