The increase in the gathering limit applies only to regions entering Stage 3.
The health minister said the expectation is that regions will move into Stage 3 in the same order as they did with Stage 2, given the need to see about four weeks of local public health data to ensure regions are ready to progress.
During this time, New Zealand can also be expected to remain in the red traffic light setting.
Hipkins said further advice on whether arrivals will continue to be required to isolate is being sought, considering the virus is circulating widely already.
For , masking is recommended for both indoor and outdoor gatherings, travel, dining and shopping in Stage 3.
Some reasons include increased testing, formal gatherings, outbreaks at skilled nursing facilities and other drivers.