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Chris Hipkins isn't sure what needs to happen before the country can drop self-isolation requirements.
A phased reopening of the border will begin from February 28, replacing MIQ with self-isolation.
Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins told Mike Hosking at the moment, it would be crystal ball gazing to decide when to allow completely free movement over the border.
“You can have models, but until you actually see the reality of what we’re going to face over the next few months it’s very difficult to make those decisions.”