Update: Easing of Requirements for Masks

The State Government has announced today that there will be a change to the requirements for wearing masks effective from 12:00am midnight on Sunday 17 January 2021.

Currently, persons are required to wear masks in all indoor spaces (subject to particular exemptions). These requirements were introduced in late December 2020 following a brief period of local transmissions of COVID-19 in Victoria.

The requirements are going to return to the requirements that were in place prior to late December 2020. That is, individuals will only be required to wear masks:

  • On public transport;
  • In Taxi/uber vehicles;
  • In tourism vehicles; and
  • In an indoor space in a retail shopping centre (and within any retail facilities in that centre), markets or market stalls, or any department or supermarket greater than 2,000sqm.

Staff and patrons of other facilities will not be required to wear masks, including:

  • Hospitality venues (including chefs, waiters and patrons)
  • Small scale retail facilities (not within shopping centres)
  • Offices
  • Personal and beauty services
  • Indoor sports and recreation

It will remain a requirement that all staff and patrons carry a mask at all times even if not required to wear one.

This update does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. It is intended only to provide a summary and general overview on matters of interest and it is not intended to be comprehensive. You should seek legal or other professional advice before acting or relying on any of the content.