Contact tracing changes effective from Friday

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Contact tracing changes effective from Friday

Sweeping changes to the state’s COVID-19 restrictions set to come into effect from 11:59 p.m. Friday will see contact tracing efforts across Victoria largely abolished.

The Government’s announcement this morning pointed to a third vaccination rate of 70 per cent among Victorian adults as a catalyst for change.

Under new changes to the state’s pandemic ordinances, guests will no longer be required to show their vaccination status before entering premises, with the dual vaccination requirement no longer being imposed.

Close contacts will no longer be required to complete a seven-day self-isolation period, provided they wear a mask indoors, avoid sensitive environments and perform at least five negative rapid tests during the period of seven days.

Staff and customers will no longer be required to check in using the Service Victoria app, and operators will no longer keep attendance records or maintain a check-in marshal, while masks will no longer be required than in hospitals and nursing homes.

All other restrictions on visiting hospitals will be removed, allowing health services to develop their own parameters, while those who test positive for COVID-19 will be exempt from testing or quarantine for 12 weeks, up from eight under previous restrictions. .

Those who test positive for COVID will still be required to self-isolate for seven days and notify workplace and social contacts, while restrictions on visiting healthcare facilities will remain in place.

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