Minister says there will be no ’12 pubs of Christmas’

Minister Simon Harris says there will be no '12 pubs of Christmas' or packed gatherings this December.

Level 5 restrictions are due to remain in place until the end of November, but it's hoped the country will then move to level 3 at least.

The Higher Education Minister says he's hopeful people will be able to fly home from abroad for Christmas.

But he says it certainly won't be a traditional festive season.