Melbourne's Indoor Mask Rules Are Changing Again for the Next Fortnight
Melburnians will no longer have to wear masks at work if you're not in a public-facing setting.
For more than a month, Melburnians have been popping on face masks like they're an everyday piece of clothing. Covering up has been mandatory since the end of May — and, even as other COVID-19 restrictions have been easing, that rule has remained in place everywhere except outdoor situations where you can social distance. But from 11.59pm on Thursday, July 8, the mask mandate will loosen again. From that point onwards, you won't have to wear them at work if you're not in a public-facing setting.
The new rule kicks in at 11.59pm on Thursday, July 8 (which in practical terms, means Friday, June 9). The change only covers masks indoors in workplaces and schools, however. They still remain mandatory inside in public in general, but if you work in an office or a factory, you won't have to wear them while you're working — as long as you're in a workplace that doesn't interact with the public.
Otherwise, you'll still be covering up indoors, other than when you're at work — or school, if that applies. You still don't have to wear masks outside if you can maintain a 1.5-metre distance from other people while you're getting some fresh air, though. But just like during the last fortnight, if you can't keep your space from others, you'll need to keep masking up.
So, you'll obviously still always need to have a mask with you at all times — even if you're heading out for a stroll and no one else seems to be about, or if you're going to work in an office or factory.
Other changes that are coming into effect from 11.59pm on Thursday, July 8 include increasing patron numbers at venues, and allowing dance floors again.
If you're wondering where to grab a fitted mask, we've put together a rundown of local companies making and selling them.
For more information about the status of COVID-19 and the current restrictions, head over to the Department of Health and Human Services website.
Published on July 07, 2021 by Sarah Ward