Monday's alert level announcement shapes make-or-break day for many Waikato businesses

Anxious Waikato businesses are calling for a major loosening of lockdown rules ahead of the Christmas trading season.

Cabinet is expected to review Waikato’s alert level on Monday, with Hamilton and much of the region bound by level 3 step 2 restrictions.

The region’s tourism, events and hospitality sectors are desperate for a change to alert level two, but it will take level one before Waikato can host major events again.

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