In pictures: Auckland welcomes Covid-19 ‘Freedom Day’

Aucklanders are out are enjoying their first day of eased Covid-19 restrictions.

The Covid-19 Protection Framework – known as the traffic light system – came into effect at 11.59pm on Thursday, making Friday “Freedom Day” for Aucklanders as the city moved to the red light setting.

After 107 days in lockdown, hospitality venues and gyms can reopen, friends and family can gather indoors; and life will feel a lot like it once did at alert level 2, with the addition of vaccine passes.

People toast at Ponsonby Rd's SPQR.

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People toast at Ponsonby Rd’s SPQR.

There were 92 new community cases reported on Friday. Of those, 80 are in Auckland, two are in Waikato, one in Northland, five in Bay of Plenty, one in Lakes DHB, one in Nelson/Marlborough and two in Taranaki.

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* Covid-19: 92 new cases in the Delta community outbreak on ‘Freedom Day’
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Stuff photographers and reporters are out across the city capturing the day.

Chapel Bar on Ponsonby R d serving beer-starved Aucklanders.

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Chapel Bar on Ponsonby R d serving beer-starved Aucklanders.

Sarah reads in Freyberg Square in the heart of the Auckland CBD.

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Sarah reads in Freyberg Square in the heart of the Auckland CBD.

Stuart and Nick enjoy a dine-in breakfast at Remedy Coffee.

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Stuart and Nick enjoy a dine-in breakfast at Remedy Coffee.

Table service and seated dining returns to restaurants and cafés on Ponsonby Rd.

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Table service and seated dining returns to restaurants and cafés on Ponsonby Rd.

Aucklanders head out for lunch as the region hits red level.

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Aucklanders head out for lunch as the region hits red level.

Prego on Ponsonby Rd was back serving clients at lunchtime.

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Prego on Ponsonby Rd was back serving clients at lunchtime.

A woman has her vaccine passport scanned before entering Mecca Cosmetics.

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A woman has her vaccine passport scanned before entering Mecca Cosmetics.

Auckland Airport’s domestic terminal remained quiet on the first day of the traffic light system. Auckland’s border remains closed unil December 15, except for essential travel.

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Auckland Airport’s domestic terminal remained quiet on the first day of the traffic light system. Auckland’s border remains closed unil December 15, except for essential travel.

Auckland Airport at red level on Friday.

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Auckland Airport at red level on Friday.

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