Jacinda Ardern cancels wedding amid new Covid restrictions in New Zealand

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, on Sunday, was forced to call off her own wedding

‘I am no different to, dare I say it, thousands of other New Zealanders who have had much more devastating impacts felt by the pandemic,’ prime minister says

"My wedding will not be going ahead," she confirmed after detailing new restrictions; including a limit of 100 fully vaccinated people at events.

"I just joined many other New Zealanders who have had an experience like that as a result of the pandemic and to anyone who is caught up in that scenario, I am so sorry."

Omicron is far more transmissible than the earlier Delta variant but is less likely to make people seriously ill. 

In addition to limiting crowd numbers, face coverings are now mandatory on public transport and in shops.

Ardern and long-time partner Clarke Gayford have never announced their wedding date, but it was believed to be scheduled for some time in the next few weeks.

"Such is life," Ardern said when asked how she felt about setting regulations which ended her planned nuptials. 

New Zealand has detected 15,104 COVID-19 cases and recorded 52 deaths since the pandemic began. The family and a flight attendant tested positive.

The South Pacific nation will move to a “red” setting at 11:59 p.m. today, Ardern said at a news conference Sunday in Wellington.

New Zealand will impose mask rules and limit gathering from midnight on Sunday after a cluster of nine COVID-19 Omicron cases showed community spread from the North to South islands after a wedding.