Mask mandates will be removed in Victorian airport terminals and people who have COVID-19 will be able to drive children to school in a change to the state’s pandemic orders from next Saturday.
Visitor caps at residential aged care and disability facilities will be lifted, with residents able to see any number of visitors as long as they test negative on a rapid antigen test.
Those who are COVID-positive will still be expected to isolate for seven days, but can drive someone in their household to school or work as long as they do not leave the vehicle.
The suite of changes come into effect at 11.59pm on Friday, June 24.
The Andrews government is also removing the third vaccine dose mandate across education, quarantine accommodation, food distribution, and meat and seafood processing sectors, with vaccination policies now the responsibility of individual workplaces.
Rules requiring general employees to work from home unless they are double-vaccinated will be lifted.
But workers who interact with vulnerable people – such as those in emergency service jobs, healthcare, aged care or disability services – are still required to have three COVID-19 vaccine doses.
Masks will still be required on domestic flights and public transport, in rideshare vehicles, hospitals, and care facilities in Victoria.
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