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Maskless days

People are moving about Loddon communities today with most COVID-19 restrictions having lifted from midnight.

Masks have been officially ditched in most places under the State Government changes although some workers say they may continue to take precautions.

"The mask has been on for so long now, I might just keep playing safe," one local hospitality worker told the Loddon Herald.

Under the changes:

  • 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, with operators not required to keep any attendance records or maintain a check-in marshal

  • 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. 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

  • All visitor restrictions in hospitals will be removed except for mask requirements, with health services able to tailor their own settings based on their own circumstances

  • Events with more than 30,000 people will no longer require public health pre-approval

  • International travellers who are symptom-free will be recommended but not required to get a PCR or rapid test on arrival, and unvaccinated travellers will no longer complete 7 days’ quarantine. Pre-departure tests for unvaccinated air crew will also be lifted

  • People are exempt from testing or quarantine for 12 weeks if they’ve had COVID-19 – up from 8 weeks

  • 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.

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