Mask mandate for public transport and taxis ends in Victoria

Masks will no longer need to be worn on public transport or in taxis from Friday as Victoria lifts pandemic mandates, in line with the rest of the country.

Health Minister Mary-Anne Thomas, who sets the public health orders under Victoria’s pandemic legislation, announced the “sensible step” on Wednesday.

Health Minister Mary-Anne Thomas addresses the media on Sunday.Credit:Meredith O’Shea

Masks will only be “strongly recommended” on public transport, in taxis and in ride-share vehicles. A mask mandate remains in place for hospitals and care facilities.

Thomas said COVID-19 infections were well below the winter peak, which reached 14,312 cases per day on July 21. There was an average of 1893 new cases each day last week.

“As we move to living with COVID, it’s important we ensure enduring behaviour change in the community – and that means giving people the choice to wear masks to protect themselves and those around them,” Thomas said.

Masks are also strongly recommended in crowded indoor settings, for people with any COVID-19 symptoms and for immunocompromised or vulnerable people.

Public transport users wearing protective face masks at Flinders Street Station in June.Credit:Penny Stephens

Household contacts who have tested negative on a rapid antigen test are also still required to wear masks in public.

Thomas urged Victorians to stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations and to get tested when symptomatic.

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