Please see below updates on restrictions easing for both Victoria and New South Wales.
It was announced at a Media Conference that a further easing of restrictions will commence from 11.59pm Friday 22 April 2022.
Part of the changes include:
- Patrons will not be required to have two doses or show their vaccination status before entering a venue. However, please note the mandatory vaccination requirements currently in place for a broad range of workers still apply.
- No requirement for staff and patrons to check-in using the Service Vic app (including the requirement of operators to keep attendance records or a check-in marshal)
- Masks no longer required in primary schools, early childhood, hospitality, retail and events of any size
- Visitor restrictions in hospitals will be removed, except for mask requirements. Health services can tailor their own settings
- The removal of 7-day isolation rule will be removed for close contacts, but will require a face mask indoors and to avoid sensitive settings. A requirement of 5 negative rapid tests over 7 days will need to occur.
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.
You can view the full media release here
NEW SOUTH WALES
From 6pm on Friday 22 April, close contacts (defined as a household contact or an individual deemed by NSW Health to be a close contact) will not have to isolate, as long as they have no symptoms and comply with the following guidelines:
- Do not visit aged care, hospitals, disability, and correctional facilities unless a special exemption applies;
- Wear a face mask in indoor settings outside the home;
- Undertake daily RAT tests before coming into close contact with people outside their household, where practicable;
- Avoid contact with elderly and immunocompromised persons where possible;
- Work from home where practical;
- Notify their employer/educational facility that they are a close contact, and that they are not required to isolate as long as they comply with the above.
- Close contacts will need to comply with the above guidelines for 7 days from the time a person in their household tested positive for COVID-19.
Public health orders requiring key workforces to be vaccinated will be lifted, with vaccine requirements to be based on risk assessments under occupational work health and safety, in line with other jurisdictions. Orders requiring aged care and disability workers to be vaccinated will remain in force.
You can find the full media release here