Coronavirus: No guarantee domestic tourism will be allowed under COVID-19 alert level 2 - Grant Robertson

The pleas for domestic tourism to return under alert level 2 could be falling on deaf ears with Finance Minister Grant Robertson remaining tight-lipped on the subject.

On Friday, Robertson was asked whether Kiwis will be able to travel through the country when New Zealand drops to alert level 2. 

He says the Government needs to discuss any further changes, and any decisions which are made must consider public health and safety.

"We are looking again at alert level 2 and we want to balance the economic and health response," he said.

"Cabinet will make a decision about that in the coming weeks." 

His comments come as Tourism Industry Aotearoa warns of the dire consequences from halting domestic tourism.

"Keeping the tourism industry closed for weeks, if not months, longer until we reach level 1 will put thousands of jobs and hundreds of businesses at risk," said the association's chief executive Chris Roberts.

"Aviation, accommodation, hospitality, retail and most recreation and tourism activities can all be operated safely under level 2," says Roberts.

He says organisations need clarity so they can begin taking bookings from customers before it's too late.