New Zealand’s decision to end most mandatory public health measures aimed at preventing Covid transmission, received a mixed response, RNZ reports. Our modelling suggests it was time to wind back restrictions, but some measures were perhaps scrapped prematurely. Preventing or delaying infections wherever possible is always beneficial as it reduces the amount of severe disease, long Covid and lost productivity. Further, non-intrusive public health measures like improved ventilation and better sick pay entitlements deserve more attention.