Victoria announces HUGE changes to Covid rules

Victoria announces big changes to mask rules and vaccine requirements – here’s everything you need to know about the state’s updated Covid restrictions

Victoria has just announced major changes to Covid restrictions, but shoppers will still need to continue wearing masks in retail settings.

Health Minister Martin Foley confirmed the mandatory vaccination requirement would be scrapped from 11.59pm on Wednesday for all customers in retail, except hair and beauty services.

He said the double-dose rule would also be removed, places of worship, weddings and funerals.

Meanwhile, masks no longer need to be worn at weddings, funerals, or ceremonial settings, and workplaces exposed to a coronavirus case will no longer need to be deep cleaned.

Shoppers in Victoria will still need to continue wearing masks in retail settings despite a relaxation of face covering rules

But Mr Foley said masks are still required in shops, despite Premier Daniel Andrews promising last month to scrap that rule if Covid hospital admissions stayed steady.

Victorian health authorities though are worried about continuing high rates of Covid transmission and the emergence of the highly-contagious Omicron variant.

More to come