Mask rules relaxed for summer


By Jessica Micallef

Victorians no longer need to wear masks in most public settings after Premier Daniel Andrews eased further restrictions on Sunday.

Masks are only required to be worn in public transport, rideshare vehicles and taxis and in some retail settings including indoor shopping centres, supermarkets, department stores and indoor markets.

Mr Andrews said Victorians should still carry a mask at all times if social distancing cannot be adhered to.

Private gatherings at home have increased to 30 people and up to 100 people can gather in public outdoors.

There is no person limit for funerals and weddings, but services are subject to a one person per two square metre density limit and dancefloors at functions and nightclubs can have up to 50 people.

More office workers will be able to return to their workplace with private sector companies allowed 50 per cent of employees from January 11 and public sector companies will be allowed 25 per cent of staff.

Mr Andrews said the latest round of eased restrictions is expected to be in place until the end of January.

“This won’t be everything for everyone,” he said.

“But these are the careful steps we can take as continue to protect our state and everything we’ve built.

“I thank all Victorians for the amazing effort, sacrifice and the character that has been shown across the state is inspiring.

“Now we all just have to lock it in and make sure that none of us in any way contribute to the spread of the virus. We know that without a vaccine, we will see cases, we will see outbreaks.

“Control is underpinned by everyone playing their part and it will be undermined if people do not.”

On Monday, Victoria recorded its 38th day without a COVID-19 case and there were no active cases across the state.