The Acting Chief Health Officer has provided advice that while some key measures can be safely lifted, others should remain until the end of winter.

From 11:59pm this Friday 24 June the following changes to the Pandemic Orders come into effect:

 

MASKS

  • No longer required at airports.
  • Must still be worn on public transport, taxis, ride shares, and planes, as well as sensitive settings such as hospitals and care facilities.


QUARANTINE & ISOLATION

  • Positive cases must still isolate for seven days from the day they took their test but may now leave home to drive a household member directly to or from education or work without leaving their vehicle.
  • They can also leave home to get medical care, a COVID-19 test, or in an emergency, including the risk of harm.

 

VACCINATION & WORK

  • Rules requiring general workers to work from home unless they are double-vaccinated are lifted. Employers can consider setting COVID-19 vaccination policies as part of their own workplace conditions.
  • Government imposed third dose mandates in education, food distribution, meat and seafood processing and quarantine accommodation sectors will be lifted. In line with other jurisdictions around Australia, COVID-19 vaccination policies will be the responsibility of individual workplaces to consider as part of their workplace conditions.
  • Three COVID-19 vaccine doses are still required for workers in residential aged care and disability care, healthcare, and custodial and emergency services, including police.


VISITOR CAPS

  • Visitor caps to care facilities, including residential aged care and disability are removed. Residents can see any number of people, provided they test negative on a rapid antigen test that day. If a test is unavailable, a person can only be present for limited reasons such as end-of-life visits. Centres may introduce their own visitor rules to respond to local risk.

More information will be published after the orders come into effect at

11:59pm on Friday 24 June on coronavirus.vic.gov.au
Or call the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.

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