One of our last remaining COVID-19 rules could be scrapped by the end of the week.
The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, which comprises the nation’s top health officials, has recommended lifting the mask mandate at airports across the country.
They revealed the advice in a statement overnight, saying the mandate is no longer needed and can be dropped as early as 11.59pm on Friday, June 17.
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“The AHPPC notes that all states and territories have relaxed mask mandates in most settings within the community and considers that it is no longer proportionate to mandate mask use in airport terminals,” the committee said.
The Federal Government said it would be up to individual states to decide whether or not to take on the recommendation.
“We anticipate the travelling public will notice this change in the days following Friday as individual state and territory jurisdictions make the necessary changes to their public health orders,” a joint statement from Health Minister Mark Butler and Transport Minister Catherine King said.
“This changed advice comes after the AHPPC has reviewed the current COVID-19 situation in Australia and considers it no longer proportionate to mandate mask-wearing in the terminals. It has also noted all states and territories have relaxed mask mandates in most community settings.”