The New Zealand Ministry of Sports said on Thursday that the New Zealand authorities may approve the restart of professional sports as early as next week, at which time the authorities will decide whether to further relax the coronavirus restrictions.
Grant Robertson, Sport and Recreation Minister, said that when the country lowers its COVID-19 alert level by one level, professional sports will be able to resume in the country.
New Zealand will decide on Monday whether the country will change from “Level 3” to “Level 2”.
Robertson said in a statement: “Entering the level 2 alert state will continue to expand sports and entertainment opportunities and re-introduce opportunities for competitive sports-both locally and at the professional level.”
“Obviously, the most important issue is to safely return to competitive sports.”
This announcement will give New Zealand hope to become the first major rugby country in the world to restart the sport at an elite level.
New Zealand Rugby (NZR) said it was “excited” and planned to play 10 rounds of domestic matches for the country ’s five super rugby teams. They have been idle since the season was suspended in March.