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Political commentator: Govt has difficult decisions to make on divisive Covid restrictions

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Publish Date
Mon, 21 Mar 2022, 8:07am
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Political commentator: Govt has difficult decisions to make on divisive Covid restrictions

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 21 Mar 2022, 8:07am

The Government's review of our Covid restrictions is being described as a balancing act.

Cabinet will discuss the protection framework today along with vaccine passes and mandates.

But an announcement on any changes isn't expected until Wednesday.

Political commentator Peter Dunne told Mike Hosking the Government has difficult decisions to make, as public opinion on our Covid restrictions is divided.

“On the one hand, you see people telling pollsters they want things to be relaxed immediately. On the other, certainly in Wellington though I suspect in other cities too, you see people still behaving as though we’re in a Level 4 lockdown.”

Meanwhile, an announcement that unvaccinated New Zealanders can now enter the country without MIQ or self-isolation was posted on the MIQ website on Friday.

But the decision wasn't part of that day's 1 pm announcement.

Dunne says this shouldn't be happening.

“I think it’s a big move, but it sort of quietly suggests 1. That they've lost a bit of confidence in what they're doing and 2. That they just wanted to get this out of the way.”

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