"Every New Zealander needs to be prepared for the virus to re-emerge."
That's the message the Ministry of Health had for Kiwis on Monday as we reached 101 days since the last case ofCovid-19 was acquired locally from an unknown source.
Yet that same day Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there were hopes a travel bubble with the Cooks Islands would be up and running before the end of the year.
If a bubble was introduced, Auckland Airport would have a process to separate passengers from Covid-free countries and those arriving into quarantine.
But surely there is still a risk. Why else are Kiwis being told to buy masks and be prepared for a case of community transmission "at any time" as the ministry increases testing and contact tracing capacity including with a Covid card trial in Rotorua.
The first Covid-19 lockdown crippled businesses and left many unemployed or struggling. A second lockdown would worsen the effects of the first.
Yet the Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce said the country risked losing many young people to New Zealand if a safe travel corridor was not opened soon. In New Zealand, many tourism providers are also still struggling and would benefit from a travel bubble.