Auckland will be moving to Alert Level 3 Step 2 in one week’s time, and The Spinoff gives a rundown of what to expect. “These decisions are carefully balanced and allow us to release some of the pressure and fatigue that we know exists in Auckland while we continue to vaccinate and prepare for the new framework,” said PM Jacinda Ardern. Step 2 will mean shops can reopen, with distancing and masks, as can a range of public venues such as libraries and museums. Up to 25 people, from any number of bubbles, will also be able to gather together, outside.