Once again, New Zealand has shown the world how to handle coronavirus, and pretty much all of their restrictions have now been lifted.
So what does life look like in the New Normal of Jacinda Ardern's country? Well, just like they used to - with 50,000 people packed into a huge concert over the weekend.
Keep scrolling for the full story.
When it comes to how world leaders have responded to the pandemic...
via: Getty ImagesNew Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, is certainly one of the most celebrated.
It comes in stark contrast to leaders like Trump...
via: Getty ImagesWho, let's be honest, hasn't been without his fair share of criticism.
We aren't even in the same league when it comes to the way New Zealand has handled the virus.
via: GettyThe nation has been the envy of the world, particularly after passing the 100-day milestone.
Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has handled the whole pandemic brilliantly.
via: GettyFrom day 1, Ardern wasted no time in locking down her country in an attempt to prevent as much spread of the virus as possible. And it looks like she hasn't let those standards slip...
New Zealand already had a huge advantage in this pandemic.
via: GettyThe country's isolated location in the South Pacific gave it vital time to see how outbreaks spread in other countries, and Ardern acted accordingly.
Despite having no active cases of the virus at the time...
via: GettyArdern imposed a swift and strict lockdown upon her country, and closed all the borders in the process.
Within the first 3 months, the country reportedly had 1,500 cases of the virus...
via: GettyAnd only twenty-two deaths, a stark comparison to our death toll, which at the same time reached over 166,000.
Ardern's swift decision making seemed to have paid off.
via: GettyThe country declared itself officially coronavirus free after health officials said the final person known to have been infected had recovered.
This news was amazing.
via: GettyOfficials went on to announce that all forms of public events can again take place without limitations or social distancing guidelines.
On the country's accomplishment, Ardern said:
via: Getty“We are confident we have eliminated the transmission of the virus in New Zealand for now, but elimination is not a point in time, it is a sustained effort."
But she also acknowledged that this doesn't signal the end of the pandemic.
via: Getty"We almost certainly will see cases here again … and that is not a sign that we have failed, it is a reality of this virus. But if and when that occurs we have to make sure and we are, that we are prepared."
And sadly she was right...
via: YoutubeAfter 102 days of zero cases, New Zealand had to return to strict lockdown regulations after 4 members of the same family were confirmed to have coronavirus.
Aukland residents were given instructions to stay at home after the announcement.
via: TwitterThe rest of the nation entered a level two lockdown as more cases were confirmed.
As word got out about the possible lockdown, Jacinda Ardern decided to clear things up in a last-minute press conference.
Got woken up by an emergency alert. Looks like we're going back to Level 3 lockdown for #Covid starting tomorrow he… https://t.co/3t8J8WyWmS— Neil (@Neil)1597145143.0
All bars, restaurants, and public services were told to close.
Auckland is moving to level 3 restrictions for three days while authorities assess the coronavirus situation. That… https://t.co/Lxv8KTqeW3— casey briggs (@casey briggs)1597138506.0
And it seems as though her quick actions towards the new outbreak have been essential in stopping the spread a second time!
There is currently 1 case of COVID in all of the Maritimes (NB, NS, PEI) - that's 1 case for 1.8 million people.… https://t.co/ljkwQzJI9k— Andrew Burke (@Andrew Burke)1600601919.0
Although Auckland restrictions have eased dramatically, allowing gatherings of up to 100 people...Ardern said Auckland needs a little more time to recover, and for the virus to die out before restrictions can be completely lifted.
She told reporters in Auckland...
via: Getty"Our actions collectively have managed to get the virus under control. This was the center of the outbreak and that's why that caution is needed here."
And now the nation seems to be entering a bright 'New Normal'.
Feeling blessed to be a New Zealander. Not many places in the world right now where about 50,000 can safely come to… https://t.co/qoCEo3cIvO— Laird Cameron (@Laird Cameron)1619263045.0
How so? Well, over the weekend 50,000 people attended a concert in Auckland's Eden Park to see Six60, a six piece band which has been on tour since measures were lifted.
And for the first time in over a year...
It actually looks like life may be returning to normal (for some parts of the world anyway!).
This is the very first time that a New Zealand group had headlined a concert at the sporting stadium.
And celebrating the accomplishment, the band posted to Instagram with a birdseye view of the huge crowd.
Next time they tell you it's impossible. Show them this. Thank You Auckland.
After spending so much time apart, it must feel so good to be together and singing and dancing once more.
Six60 fan Lucy Clumpas said:
It's very important for us as humans to be able to get together and sing the same songs together. It makes us feel like we're part of something.
But we have to wait until it's safe first...
Ardern has once again shown incredible leadership.