Changes to Victoria’s Covid rules From 11.59pm on Friday, April 22

  • Patrons won’t be required to have two doses or show their vaccination status before entering any venue.
  • The requirement for staff and patrons of venues to check-in using the Service Victoria app will end, with operators not required to keep any attendance records or maintain a check-in marshal.
  • Masks will no longer be required in primary schools, early childhood, hospitality and retail settings, or at events of any size.
  • Close contacts will no longer have to quarantine — provided they wear a mask indoors and avoid sensitive settings. They will also need to undertake at least five negative rapid tests over the seven days that would previously have been the self-quarantine period.
  • All visitor restrictions in hospitals will be removed except for mask requirements, with health services able to tailor their own settings based on their own circumstances.
  • Events with more than 30,000 people will no longer require public health pre-approval.
  • International travellers who are symptom-free will be recommended but not required to get a PCR or rapid test on arrival, and unvaccinated travellers will no longer complete 7 days’ quarantine. Pre-departure tests for unvaccinated air crew will also be lifted.
  • People are exempt from testing or quarantine for 12 weeks if they’ve had Covid-19 — up from 8 weeks.
  • Individuals will be required to notify their workplace contacts, in addition to informing their social contacts. Workplaces won’t have to individually identify and notify each potentially exposed worker.

Anyone who tests positive for the virus will still be required to isolate for a week.

Vaccine mandates will remain; however, Chief health officer Brett Sutton recommended a transition away from these mandates over time, with the government set work this out with each individual industry.