Changes to COVID Rules from 11.59pm Friday 24 June 2022

Sources: Statement from the Premier

Minister for Health Martin Foley has made some changes to pandemic orders to allow Victorians to live safely with COVID-19 while reducing transmission and hospitalisations. These changes to the pandemic orders come into effect from 11.59pm Friday 24 June.

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Key changes to pandemic orders

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Face mask

·   Masks must still be worn on public transport, taxis, ride shares, and planes. However, masks are not required at the airport.

·   Masks are also still required in sensitive settings such as hospitals and care facilities.

 

Isolation and quarantine for positive cases

·   Isolation period remains the same – 7 days

·   They leave home to drive a household member directly to or from education or work without leaving their vehicle.

·   hey can also leave home to get medical care, a COVID-19 test, or in an emergency, including the risk of harm.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination

·   Workers who interact with a vulnerable person will still require three COVID-19 vaccine doses. This includes residential aged care and disability care, healthcare, and custodial and emergency services, including police.

·   Government imposed third dose mandates in education, food distribution, meat and seafood processing and quarantine accommodation sectors will be lifted.

·   General workers to work from home, unless they are double-vaccinated are lifted. Employers will still be able to set their own workplace conditions.

·   Vaccination policies will be the responsibility of individual workplaces.

The new pandemic order is called COVID-19 Workplace Order. This has replaced the old pandemic orders for:

  • Specified facilities
  • Specified workers
  • General workers

The specified facility and specified workers requirements still apply, but only for the following industries/workplaces

  • Residential aged care facility workers
  • Health care workers
  • Disability workers
  • Custodial workers, e.g., prisons
  • Emergency services workers, e.g., CFA
  • Specialist schools’ workers (established for the main purpose of providing instruction for students with a disability)

This means no vaccination requirements for

  • Our office workers
  • Church pastors
  • Volunteers
  • Contractors working at our operational sites
  • Mainstream schools

The requirement of the workplace to operate with a COVID Safe Plan remains the same. All workplaces must have a COVID-19 Safe Plan. i.e., All churches, offices, and schools must ensure having a COVID Safe Plan. The COVID Safe plan must be reviewed and updated in the light of any new developments and changes.

 

Others

·   Visitor caps to care facilities, including residential aged care and disability are removed, with residents able to see any number of people as long as they test negative on a rapid antigen test that day.