‘A beautiful day’: New Zealand handshakes and hugs its way back to pre-Covid-19 life
There may be tough economic times, and fresh cases, ahead but for now New Zealanders can enjoy a day free of coronavirus restrictions
“I just had a meeting with someone and I thought, ‘Do I shake your hand?’” says Casey Allum, who was among those flocking to eat lunch at Wellington’s sunny, sparkling waterfront on Tuesday. Handshakes had been verboten until midnight on Monday, as people were required to stay a metre apart from colleagues, or two metres from strangers.
“Then he came in with the handshake,” Allum says. “And I thought, ‘Oh sweet, that’s easy’.”