Victorian Government COVID-19 Restriction and Recommendation Changes from 11.59pm Friday 22 April
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 has announced that most COVID-19 restrictions will be 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.
- 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 strongly recommended 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.
- 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.
- All workplaces will still require a COVIDSafe Plan.
The above update was provided to Ausdance VIC from Creative Victoria and the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.
- Vaccination is no longer required by dancers, visitors or audiences.
- Vaccination is still required for staff members (workers).
- Continue to update and follow your COVIDSafe Plan, Resources here.