High vax rate eases restrictions
Thursday 21 April 2022
As the peak of the Omicron wave begins to subside – and with almost 70 per cent of adults now armed with their third dose – Victoria will move into winter safely with most restrictions removed from 11:59pm, Friday 22 April.
The Minister for Health’s changes to pandemic orders include:
- Patrons won’t be required to have two doses or show their vaccination status before entering any venue.
- The requirement for staff and patrons of venues to check-in using the Service Victoria app will end.
- Masks will no longer be required in primary schools, early childhood, hospitality and retail settings, or at events of any size.
- Close contacts will no longer have to quarantine – provided they wear a mask indoors and avoid sensitive settings.
- International travellers who are symptom-free will be recommended but not required to get a PCR or rapid test on arrival.
- People are exempt from testing or quarantine for 12 weeks if they’ve had COVID-19 – up from 8 weeks.
A number of critical and common-sense settings will be retained, including the essential requirement to isolate for seven days following a COVID-19 diagnosis and existing two-dose and three-dose vaccination mandates for workers.
Face coverings will still be required on public transport and at airports and all workplaces will still require a COVIDSafe Plan. Masks are strongly recommended when you can’t physically distance.
Victoria continues to monitor epidemiological conditions and work with other jurisdictions and to ensure COVID settings are aligned.