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COVID-19 Update: Face masks back for summer

by | Dec 23, 2021 | Covid-19, Latest News

      In light of growing case numbers across Victoria, Acting Premier James Merlino has today announced some additional measures to keep Victorians safe and to allow businesses to stay open over the summer holiday period.

      From midnight tonight, Thursday 23 December, here’s what changes:

      • Face masks are required in all indoor settings, expect private households, for those aged 8 years and older.
      • Face masks are also required at major events with over 30,000 people in attendance.

      Seated service at hospitality venues is also encouraged, not a requirement, as is operating dancefloors in well-ventilated, outdoor areas.

      While it’s disappointing to see face masks return, the changes to these requirements allow businesses to continue to trade over the busy period and provide an additional CovidSafe measure for customers.

      All Victorians eligible for their third dose, also known as a ‘booster’ shot, are encouraged to book in for an appointment as soon as possible. Further information on COVID-19 vaccine appointments can be found via the Barwon Health website.

      We hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season, and one that is hopefully a little bit closer to normal trade – just with masks!

      We will continue to keep an eye on any other changes to COVID-19 requirements and keep you updated.

      Find some face mask posters and resources for your business here. 

      Read the full statement from the Victorian Government.

      For specific clarification on any of these requirements, the Business Victoria hotline is available on 13 22 15.

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      Main image: Taken at 1915 by Monika Berry. 

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