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Victoria's Mask Rules Are Being Relaxed from Midnight on January 17

The government has announced face coverings will no longer be mandatory in all public indoor settings.
By Libby Curran
January 14, 2021
By Libby Curran
January 14, 2021

Many Victorians started the new year getting reacquainted with their face masks, after mask-wearing rules were tightened on December 31. Now, the government has announced the state will revert back to its former, more relaxed set of mask regulations, which had been in place from December 6. Starting from 11.59pm this Sunday, January 17, face masks will no longer be mandatory in all public indoor settings.

With many of the rules being relaxed, you'll no longer need a mask when in a restaurant, at a cafe, in a church, library or indoor workplace. Of course, under the loosened restrictions, people will still be required to don a fitted mask in certain circumstances, including when riding in a ride-share or taxi, or using public transport. Masks are also a must when inside a shopping centre and its retail stores, any large retail store over 2000 square metres, indoor markets and hospitals. Plus, the face coverings will be required at airports, as well as on all domestic flights in and out of the state.

While the new rules are set to be a lot more relaxed than we've become accustomed to in the past couple of weeks, you'd best not go losing the mask completely just yet — the Victorian Government is advising people to always carry one with them unless they've got a lawful reason not to. It's also still "strongly recommended" that you pop a mask on in any situation where you can't maintain 1.5-metres distance from others.

New mask regulations will come into effect from 11.59pm on Sunday, January 17. For full details of the updated rules, see the Victorian Government's coronavirus website.

Published on January 14, 2021 by Libby Curran

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