As the peak of the Omicron wave begins to subside – and with almost 70 per cent of adults now armed with their third dose, the Victorian Government announced that most COVID-19 restrictions were removed from 11:59pm, Friday 22 April 2022.
The Minister for Health’s changes to pandemic orders include:
VACCINATION AND CHECK IN
- Patrons won’t be required to have two doses or show their vaccination status before entering any venue, including physical recreation facilities.
- The requirement for staff and patrons of venues to check-in using the Service Victoria app will end, with operators not required to keep any attendance records or maintain a COVID-19 Check-in Marshal.
- The existing two-dose and three-dose vaccination mandates for workers are retained.
- Face masks will no longer be required in hospitality and retail settings, or at events of any size.
- Face masks will still be required on public transport and at airports – excluding airport workers who aren’t public facing – and in sensitive health, aged care and justice settings.
- Face masks are still strongly recommended at stadiums or venues when you can’t physically distance.
QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION
- Close contacts will no longer have to quarantine – provided they wear a face mask indoors and avoid sensitive settings. They will also need to undertake at least five negative rapid tests over the seven days that would previously have been the self-quarantine period.
- People are exempt from testing or quarantine for 12 weeks if they’ve had COVID-19 – up from 8 weeks.
- The essential requirement to isolate for seven days following a COVID-19 diagnosis is retained.
- Individuals will be required to notify their workplace contacts, in addition to informing their social contacts.
- Workplaces won’t have to individually identify and notify each potentially exposed worker.
- It is recommended to work from home if you’re a close contact exempt from quarantine.
- Events with more than 30,000 people will no longer require public health pre-approval.
- All workplaces / organisations will still require a COVIDSafe Plan.
If you have specific questions, or require further information please visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au or call the 24/7 Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.
Mental Health and Support Resources
Remember to look after yourself and others during this time, and always ask for help if you need it.
If you are struggling the following services are available:
- National Coronavirus Helpline: 1800 020 080
- For immediate support call Lifeline on 13 11 14 and in an emergency, always call triple zero (000).
- Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636
- Kids Help Line – 1800 55 180