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Victoria lifts several vaccine and mask mandates

Australia’s most closed-off state announces the end of worker vaccine mandates, airport masks and other Covid restrictions – here’s everything you need to know

  • Masks are no longer required in Victorian airport terminals, only on flights
  • Visitor limits in residential aged care and disabled facilities will be abolished
  • Need for third dose of vaccine scrapped for workers in various industries
  • People with Covid are allowed to drive other members of the household to work
  • The new Victorian Covid rules go into effect this Saturday, June 24 at 11:59 PM

VICTORIA’S NEW COVID RULES

Face masks are no longer mandatory in airport terminals.

No visitor limits at residential aged care and disabled facilities.

People with Covid can drive family members to work and school.

Workers in key industries do not need a third dose of vaccine.

Employees can go back to the office without two doses of vaccine.

Victoria has announced that several Covid rules will be lifted next Saturday, including most vaccine mandates and the need for masks at airports.

The Andrews administration announced on Saturday that masks will no longer be mandatory in airport terminals from 11:59pm on June 24.

Face masks remain mandatory on domestic flights, public transport, shared cars, hospitals and healthcare institutions.

The third vaccine mandate for workers in education, quarantine accommodation, food distribution and meat and seafood processing has now been lifted.

Visitor limits at residential aged care and disabled facilities will also be dropped, but visitors will still be required to return a negative RAT test.

People infected with Covid must remain in isolation for another seven days, but are allowed to take other family members to school or work as long as the infected person does not leave the vehicle.

General employees no longer have to work from home if they are not double vaccinated.

Masks are no longer required in Victorian airport terminals, but remain mandatory on domestic flights (photo, Melbourne Airport)

Masks are no longer required in Victorian airport terminals, but remain mandatory on domestic flights (photo, Melbourne Airport)

Employers can still have their own vaccine policies.

However, health and care workers will still need to have at least one booster shot — three doses of vaccine.

Earlier this week, the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) recommended lifting mask mandates in airport terminals.

People infected with Covid must remain in isolation for another seven days, but can drive other family members to work and school, as long as the infected person does not leave the car

People infected with Covid must remain in isolation for another seven days, but can drive other family members to work and school, as long as the infected person does not leave the car

The new rules from the Andrews government are in line with the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee's updated recommendations from earlier this week (photo, Dan Andrews)

The new rules from the Andrews government are in line with the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee’s updated recommendations from earlier this week (photo, Dan Andrews)

“The AHPPC notes that all states and territories have relaxed the mandate for masks in most environments within the community and believes it is no longer proportionate to mandate the use of masks in airport terminals,” the AHPPC said Tuesday.

Health Minister Martin Foley said some rules needed to be enforced so hospitals don’t get overloaded during the winter.

“Modest changes to our public health measures will protect Victorians as we continue to safely remove mandates and support companies and individuals to begin managing their own Covid risk,” he said in a statement.

Lifting more Covid restrictions is important in Victoria as the capital Melbourne became the world’s most closed-off city last year after gaining 245 cumulative days across six lockdowns.

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