Long queues for takeaways as many NZers return to work after lockdown

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Level 3 takeaways
New Zealand faced long queues early today for the first takeaways in weeks after five weeks of coronavirus lockdown. Image: RNZ

By RNZ News

Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders are returning to work today under eased level 3 restrictions – and some are queuing in long lines for takeaways on the way.

New Zealand has moved to alert level 3 after five weeks of level 4 coronavirus lockdown, reducing restrictions on businesses and schooling.

An estimated 400,000 people are returning to work today.

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More than 1000 road and rail workers are back at work.

KiwiRail is re-starting work on most of its projects, including the Kaikōura rebuild and Wellington metro upgrades. Work on Auckland’s City Rail Link underground is also re-starting.

There were were long queues this morning for the first takeaways in weeks.

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