NEW ZEALAND – New Zealand’s Child Care Law will be rolled into the country’s Christmas Day celebrations, with all children aged 0-17 and adults aged over 60 being given the option of choosing one of a number of Christmas-themed clothing options.
New Zealanders will be able to choose from children’s clothes and children’s accessories that will include teddy bears, cardigans, hats and other clothing for adults and children.
The new rules were introduced on December 15, the same day as the coronavirus pandemic that has seen the number of new cases skyrocket.
New guidelines were released in September that came into effect on December 5, but the first child-care centres were opened in late December, before Christmas, and the New Year.
A number of other new laws were also introduced, such as giving the option to opt for a ‘happy birthday’ card, to make sure everyone had a happy New Year’s Day.
New Zealander Liza Dabur, who owns a children’s fashion and childrens’ clothing shop in New Plymouth, said she was thrilled that the new rules would make it easier for children to enjoy Christmas.
“I can’t wait to see what other things people are going to do, because we’re starting to have the Christmas period in November, so I hope we’ll see a lot more people getting together and shopping together and making new friends,” she said.
“It’s just so important for kids, and we can do a lot to help them and make sure they have the best holidays they can.”
Newzealands chief health officer Dr John O’Sullivan said the new guidelines were a great step towards protecting children and adults.
“We are thrilled that we are finally getting to this point and are working to make New Zealand safer for everyone, whether it’s parents or children,” he said.
Children and adults can opt out of wearing clothes, which means they cannot buy items like sweaters and scarves, which will be sold in stores instead.
“If you want to wear something that is not in your wardrobe, you’ll be able purchase it at your local shop, and if you want a holiday party you can have it in your home,” he added.
In addition to Christmas Day, New Zealand will also see some other special celebrations including the birth of Christmas, New Year, New Years Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
For more on New Zealand, read our guide to Christmas in New Zealand.