Birt said the government needed to apologise to people like Petkova.
Coupled with tight quarantines for returning New Zealanders, this has helped the country control the virus and prevent further outbreaks.
In a bid to prevent further expansion, about 300 police deployed at 3:30am escorting forklifts which were used to place concrete barricades on key roads.
On 7 May, Sport and Recreation Minister announced that professional sports would be able to resume domestically under Alert Level 2 if the necessary public health measures were in place.
On 13 May, the Government passed the controversial which entrenched the Government's lockdown restrictions.
With no community cases of Omicron yet detected, restaurants, cafes, cinemas, sports venues and night clubs remain open with minimal constraints aimed mostly at the unvaccinated.