Today state and territory leaders met for the national cabinet meeting which will lead to two significant Australia’s COVID-19 restrictions changes in less than a fortnight.
After the meeting Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced the two changes to Australia’s COVID-19 restrictions will be lowering COVID isolation from 7 days to 5 days and the need to wear masks on domestic flights.
Here is everything you need to know about the changes in COVID-19 restrictions.
Isolation from 7 days to 5 days
As of Friday, September 9, individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 will only need to isolate for five days instead of seven days.
However, there are two slight catches.
The first catch is a five-day isolation only applies if the individual doesn’t have any symptoms.
“If you have symptoms, we want people to stay home,” Mr Albanese said.
The other catch is not all people are able to isolate for five days based on your job.
People who work in high-risk settings and with vulnerable people ie aged care workers and the disability care sector will still have to isolate for the full seven days.
Albanese also raised hope that we could see a further reduction in isolation restrictions stating the five-day period would be reassessed “at some time in the future”.
No masks are required on domestic flights
In welcome news for jet setters across Australia, from Friday, September 9, face masks will no longer be required on domestic flights.
This means when you board a flight within Australia you won’t be required to wear your mask throughout the flight.
However, there was no mention of the mask mandates for public transport. The decision on whether masks will still be required on public transport will be left to each state and territory government.
Feature image: AAP Image / DAN HIMBRECHTS
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