As it happened: Latest on COVID-19 community outbreak – Wednesday, September 15

 As it happened: Latest on COVID-19 community outbreak – Wednesday, September 15

1:45pm – MBIE has issued a statement confirming how the new MIQ system will roll out with the introduction of the virtual lobby.

“The pause on the release of managed isolation vouchers will end on 20 September as MIQ rolls out a virtual lobby for the next release of MIQ vouchers,” a spokesperson confirmed.

“The release of approximately 3000 rooms across September – December will take place at 9am NZT on Monday 20 September, in the Managed Isolation Allocation System (MIAS).”

Joint Head of MIQ Megan Main said the lobby system is being tried out to make booking more transparent and will create a more level playing field for people trying to access the booking site.

“We know that the current environment is difficult, where demand for MIQ rooms is significantly greater than the number of rooms available. I know people spend many hours in front of their computers constantly refreshing in the hopes of securing a voucher. I know…

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