Victoria to lift COVID close contact isolation rules, ease vaccine requirements ahead of weekend

Victoria’s isolation rules for close contacts will be scrapped, along with vaccine requirements and mandatory mask rules under an easing of restrictions announced this morning.

As part of the swathe of changes, Victorians won’t be required to have two vaccine doses or show their vaccination status before entering venues.

The changes will come into effect from 11:59pm on Friday.

The requirement for staff and patrons of venues to check in using the Services Victoria app will end and operators will not be required to maintain attendance records or maintain a COVID marshal.

Masks will no longer be required in primary schools, in early childhood settings, or retail settings or events.

Close contacts will no longer have to quarantine, provided they wear a mask and avoid sensitive settings. They must also conduct five rapid antigen tests (RATs) over the course of seven days.

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