Australia has briefly suspended its one-way journey bubble from New Zealand for a second time following Auckland’s new snap lockdown.
Air New Zealand has additionally responded to the brand new restrictions by closing lounges within the nation’s capital, stopping meals and beverage service and providing to waive charges passengers pay to alter flights.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern introduced the Auckland area would enter ‘stage three’ restrictions for 72 hours following three folks testing constructive to the extra transmissible UK variant of COVID.
The remainder of the nation shall be deemed stage two, which means social distancing shall be reintroduced to maintain teams of passengers aside.
Australia’s Division of Well being responded by asking all arrivals in the course of the lockdown interval who arrive within the nation to enter 14 days of lodge quarantine.
“The Australian Well being Safety Principal Committee will take into account additional updates from New Zealand tomorrow and supply recommendation to the Chief Medical Officer relating to the administration of journey preparations between New Zealand and Australia,” it mentioned in a press release.
In the meantime, Air New Zealand launched a press release urging all passengers to examine to see if they’re eligible to journey.
Underneath alert stage three restrictions, as an illustration, residents can solely journey round their native space for permitted causes, comparable to buying or train.
“From tomorrow, Air New Zealand’s Auckland lounges and valet parking will shut,” mentioned the enterprise in a press release. “On account of capability restrictions beneath alert stage two, the utmost variety of folks capable of entry the airline’s lounges in different areas is capped at 100.
“Whereas the nation is at elevated alert ranges, Air New Zealand shall be taking additional precautions to maintain its workers and clients protected. Air New Zealand entrance line workers and cabin crew shall be sporting masks and gloves and clients are required to proceed to put on face coverings onboard.
“Clients with present bookings between Monday, 15 February and Sunday, 21 February who want to rebook to journey earlier than Sunday, 7 March may have any fare distinction waived, and clients can name the contact centre to rearrange this.
“Along with this, clients who maintain a ticket for a home flight scheduled to depart up till 30 March 2021 and now not want to journey are capable of decide in for credit score and may do that through the airline’s on-line reserving software.
“Clients who’re unable to handle their reserving on-line don’t have to contact Air New Zealand instantly or previous to their flight’s departure – help shall be offered at a later date to search out an alternate flight possibility or a credit score word could be organized.”
The brand new circumstances in Auckland had been family contacts of an airport laundry employee who labored at LSG Sky Cooks.
The information marks the second time Australia has suspended the association, after closing down for per week in January.
A one-way ‘journey bubble’ opened in October 2019 permitting Kiwis to enter Australia with out quarantine, however not the opposite manner round.
Nevertheless, two months later, New Zealand pledged to drop its border restrictions within the first quarter of 2021, making the bubble reciprocal.