She says the country can be proud of what it has achieved.
"Now we find ourselves in a unique position again, on Monday Cabinet will consider the next stage of our response."
The prime minister says only hospitality businesses that can apply the 'three s' will be able to open:
Seating: People must be seated to prevent the spread.
Separation: There must be social distancing between people and tables
Single server: Each table must have just one person serving it.
Hospitality operators will also be required to keep distancing at queues outside and will be shut down if they cannot do so, says Jacinda.
“In a nutshell, Level 2 is a safer normal designed to get as many people back to work as possible and the economy back up and running in a safe way, made possible only by our collective actions at Levels 4 and 3 to beat the virus and break the chain of transmission.
“Strong public health measures such as physical distancing, good hygiene and contact tracing will be essential to making Level 2 work.
“There is a much higher level of individual responsibly required at Level 2 to prevent the spread of the virus. Even though the economy will be significantly opened up we still need everyone to remain vigilant and continue to act like you and those around you have the virus.
“On Monday, May 11, we will make a decision on whether to move, taking into consideration the best data and advice we can, recognising the impact of restrictions, and ensuring we don’t put at risk all of the gains we have made.
“We need to balance the risk of the virus bouncing back against the strong desire to get the economy moving again.
“We will continue to act with caution and not move before it is safe to do, so entry into Level 2 could be phased, with higher risk activity occurring when there is stronger evidence it is safe to do so,” says Jacinda.
"We need every number from every single day to get the full set of data and we need of course the view of the Director-General of Health.
"It is very unlikely that we have hunted down every single case of COVID-19. If stray cases start new chains of transmission we might not find them for a month so we all need to stay on guard. Level 2 has been designed to get as many people back to work as possible and get the economy back up and running, but in the safest way possible."
She says public health measures will remain unchanged and asks New Zealanders who get symptoms to stay home, and wash hands properly, and not pass other people their phone.
She says distancing measures will remain under a lower alert level.
"At Alert Level 2 playing it safe means two metres from strangers, but in your workplace or places where you're around people you know or people we can contact trace later, we can live with less."
Alert Level 2 restrictions in a nutshell
- Businesses can restart for staff and customers
- Bubbles can cease
- Domestic travel recommences
- Schools and early learning centres can open
- Gatherings both indoors and outdoors are limited to 100 people
- Public places reopen
- Sport and recreation comes back on-stream, including professional sports competitions
- Home gatherings must be kept small
- Hospitality must follow the three S’s – seated, separated, single-server