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COVID rules ease

VICTORIA will return to COVIDSafe Summer settings from today, meaning mask wearing would only be mandatory in “high risk settings” and more visitors would be allowed in private homes.

Premier, Daniel Andrews yesterday announced masks would only be required on public transport, in rideshare vehicles and taxis, in sensitive settings such as aged care facilities, and in some larger retail settings including indoor shopping centres, supermarkets, department stores, indoor markets.

Victorians would now be able to host up to 30 people in their home per day and outdoor gatherings in public places would increase to 100 people.

The planned increase for office workers to return to work could go ahead at 75 per cent across both public and private sectors.

Density limits in pubs, restaurants and cafes would remain for both indoors and outdoors with no other cap, so long as electronic record keeping – a QR code – was used.

For small operations, there would be no density limits if the patron number is under 25, but businesses would still be required to keep contact records.

Funerals and weddings were subject to a density limit of one person per two-square metres and the same rules would apply to nightclubs and our community facilities, like libraries, RSLs and community halls.

The State of Emergency – which needed to be declared so the chief health officer could issue directions to respond to the pandemic, would be extended to 11.59pm, March 15.

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