The mask is no longer compulsory in public transport

Masks will no longer be required on public transport, taxis, rideshares or passenger vehicles from Friday morning, the state government has announced.

The state government announced restrictions would be eased from 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, September 22, with masks instead being strongly recommended in line with existing recommendations for indoor masks.

“Masks continue to be strongly recommended in indoor settings, in situations where people cannot physically distance, for people who are showing symptoms of COVID, and for anyone who is immunocompromised or vulnerable to COVID,” said the government.

“The requirement to wear face masks will remain in certain circumstances – such as visiting a hospital, healthcare facility or any other publicly accessible indoor space in a healthcare setting, including healthcare providers. paramedical health care.

“Masks are also necessary if you have COVID or are a close or household contact and are not required to self-quarantine – for example, because you tested negative in a rapid test of antigen.

The government said the decision brings Victoria in line with mask requirements in most other states.

Health Minister Mary-Anne Thomas said the changes ensure consistency in mask-wearing requirements and thanked Victoria Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton for his advice.

“As we move through life with COVID, it’s important that we ensure lasting behavior change in the community – and that means giving people the choice to wear masks to protect themselves and those around them,” said said Mrs. Thomas.

“It is vitally important that Victorians stay up to date with their COVID vaccinations, to help prevent serious illness and ease the strain on the healthcare system.”

The government has said face masks remain a cheap and highly effective tool to reduce transmission of the virus and protect the most vulnerable members of the community.

“With more Victorians becoming eligible for their fourth dose of the COVID vaccine, it is important that people continue to keep up to date with their vaccinations to help protect themselves and the community,” the government said.

“People should also maintain good ventilation indoors, get tested if they have symptoms, and talk to their doctor about COVID treatments.”

Details: coronavirus.vic.gov.au/face-masks.

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