New Zealand's Prime Minister Canceled Her Wedding Because of COVID-19 Surge in Her Country
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand has canceled her wedding ceremony and celebrations as her country faced an emerging outbreak of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19.
Arden is among the world’s few leaders who have successfully contained the pandemic within their countries in 2020 and 2021. According to the Washington Post, New Zealand has had only around 15,000 confirmed cases and 52 deaths since the pandemic began.
“Ardern predicted case numbers would rise to 1,000 a day in coming weeks — far higher than the nation has experienced at any point during the pandemic,” reported the Post.
“My wedding will not be going ahead, but I just joined many other New Zealanders who have had an experience like that as a result of the pandemic. To anyone who's caught up in that scenario, I'm so sorry. You are, we are all so resilient. And I know, we understand that we are doing this for one another, and I know that's all help us continue on,” Ardern said in a speech on Sunday.
On January 23, 2022, Ardern unveiled new restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus. Mass gatherings at events are now limited to 100 vaccinated people. For unvaccinated people, a maximum number of 25 participants is allowed.
Further, restaurants were also told to limit their customers to 100 at any given time, provided physical distancing is observed.
Ardern has also required the wearing of masks indoors and in schools.
Watch Ardern’s announcement of the cancellation of her wedding in the video below.