The following will take effect from 12.01am, Friday 29 April:
- No longer mandatory except for high risk settings for people aged 12 years and older (including year 7s) in the following settings:
- on public transport, in taxis and rideshare vehicles and other passenger transport
- hospitals, residential aged care and disability service facilities, and correctional facilities.
- Masks are encouraged where physical distancing isn’t possible.
- Close contacts with no symptoms are not required to isolate for 7 days, but must:
- undertake a daily Rapid Antigen Test
- wear a mask when leaving the house,
- avoid high-risk settings, including hospitals, healthcare settings, disability and aged care facilities, and correctional facilities
- work from home, where possible
- avoid non-essential gatherings and contact with people at risk of severe illness
- They should also notify their employer/educational facility of their close contact status.
- Close contacts with symptoms must continue to isolate until symptoms resolve and get tested as per existing protocols.
- If a close contact tests positive, they must isolate for a further 7 days as per arrangements for positive COVID-19 cases.
Density and capacity limits
- The 2 square metre rule removed for venues and businesses
- Capacity limits removed for all entertainment venues, stadiums and events.
Proof of COVID-19 vaccinations
- No longer required to enter venues and businesses
- Still required to visit hospitals and residential aged care facilities
- Mandatory workplace vaccination requirements will remain in place.
- G2G Pass registration no longer required
- Triple dose vaccination no longer required for interstate arrivals
- Double dose vaccination requirement for international arrivals will continue as per Australian Government requirements
- Unvaccinated Australian international arrivals to continue to quarantine for 7 days
- Travel to remote Aboriginal communities remains restricted.
- Two visitors permitted per patient per day
- Essential visitors are also allowed at hospitals for compassionate reasons, birth partners, carers/parents/guardians etc.
- Visitors are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations and wear a mask.
Residential aged care and disability care facilities
- Two visitors permitted per resident per day
- Masks must be worn by staff and visitors indoors and outdoors
- Visitors are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations at residential aged care facilities.
COVID Safety and Event Plans
- No longer mandatory but still encouraged.
Schools and early childcare
- Remaining public health measures in place removed
- Some preventative measures retained in schools including enhanced ventilation, mandatory vaccination and cleaning
- 12 million free RATs provided to all schools and childcare facilities to distribute to parents and carers
- Parents and students will be encouraged to collect tests, to ensure they are ready to test their children if symptoms develop.