Masks return for indoor settings amid rising COVID-19 transmission

23 December 2021

The Victorian Government has reintroduced the indoor mask mandate as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

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As of 11.59pm on 23 December, Victorians aged eight years or older will have to wear masks in all indoor settings, except private homes. 

Large outdoor events will also be impacted, with face coverings required at events holding more than 30,000 people, but not when attendees are seated outdoors. 

Increased COVID-19 transmission and the Omicron strain prompted the cautious approach before Christmas. 

However, the updated rules, along with Victoria’s high vaccination rate, will allow businesses to stay open without density limits and major events to go ahead. 

"The Victorian Chamber would have preferred mask wearing to remain an individual choice and would like to see the requirement removed before office workers return early in the New Year,” Victorian Chamber Chief Executive Paul Guerra said. 

"However, we recognise that the mask wearing requirement will still enable every business to open without density limits which is crucial as our economy roars back. 

“Victoria is well placed as one of the most vaccinated precincts in the world and we should now focus on turbocharging our booster program and preparing our hospital system so we can learn to live with COVID-19 without ongoing restrictions.” 

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