Victorian COVID-19 rules to ease

23 March 2021

Victoria will further relax its COVIDSafe settings, including reduced mask-wearing and more visitors in the home from 6pm Friday, 26 March.

Reduced exposure risk and low community transmission led to the announcement, with Acting Premier, James Merlino and Minister for Health, Martin Foley confirming that new COVIDSafe settings would be implemented this week.

“More Victorians back at work means more people supporting their local cafes, restaurants and live music venues – boosting the economy where it’s needed most,” said Mr Merlino.

From Friday, 26 March 6pm: 

  • Face masks
    Not required in a retail setting, but must be carried at all times. Mandatory when travelling on public transport or when travelling in a commercial passenger vehicle (unless a lawful exemption applies), by visitors to a hospital, and by visitors to a care facility. 

  • Work
    Workers may attend onsite as required. Onsite office work will no longer be capped (both public and private sectors). All workplaces with onsite workers require a COVIDSafe Plan.

While all workplaces are still required to ensure people can work from the office in a COVIDSafe way – with a density limit of one person per two square metres – they will no longer be required to permit workers to work from home.

Members should continue practising good hygiene, as well as maintaining records and acting quickly if staff become unwell.

For more detail, members are encouraged to review the Acting Premier’s statement and COVIDSafe settings table

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