WITH the COVID threat easing in Victoria, the rules around mandatory mask wearing have returned to the settings that were in place at Christmas time.
This means that masks are now only mandatory on public transport when riding in a ride share or taxi; inside shopping centres, including the retail stores inside shopping centres, such as clothing stores; inside indoor markets; in large retail stores (more than 2000 square metres), such as supermarkets, department stores, electronics stores, furniture stores, or hardware stores; on domestic flights to and from Victoria; at airports; and in hospitals.
It is also recommended that Victorians wear masks in other situations if physical distancing is not possible.
Victoria’s staged return to office work is also taking place this week as more restrictions are eased.
Premier Daniel Andrews said with no current evidence of community transmission in Victoria, and the state’s new permit system providing confidence that any interstate outbreaks can be appropriately managed, the Chief Health Officer had recommended that it was safe for Victorians to continue heading back to on-site office work.
From yesterday, the Victorian Public Service has been able to return to on-site work at 25 per cent capacity at each site, and all other office workplaces will be able to increase to 50 per cent capacity.
Record keeping requirements for workplaces remain unchanged, which means that an employer must keep a record of all workers and all visitors who attend the premises for longer than 15 minutes.
Mr Andrews said while many Victorians would be happy to see the easing of restrictions, it was vital that workplaces maintained and enforced their COVIDSafe plans to protect staff and the broader community.
“Victorians have made an incredible effort in getting tested and we continue to urge everyone – if you have any symptoms at all, please get tested and then stay home until you get your result.”
Health Minister Martin Foley said with the hottest part of summer approaching, many Victorians would be relieved to ease up on the mask wearing in some settings.
“But please – always carry one with you, to keep yourself and your community safe.”
All areas in Australia are designated as red, orange or green zones based on the latest COVID-19 advice from Victoria’s Chief Health Officer.
All travellers entering Victoria now require a permit.
The conditions of the permit will be based on where the person is travelling from, or where they have been.
The latest information and advice, including a description of the three zones can be found at www.cornavirus.vic.gov.au/travelpermits.