Australia’s FINALLY cuts ridiculous Covid isolation rules from seven to five days – and removes mandatory masks on planes
- Australia scraps mandatory masks Covid isolation rules from seven to five days
- Isolation times will be reduced for those who do not have symptoms from September 9th
- Abolition of the mask requirement on domestic flights with the same date
- Workers in high-risk environments must stay at home for seven days
Australia will reduce its mandatory Covid isolation period from seven to five days and mandatory masks on planes will be scrapped, Prime Minister Anton Albanese has announced.
The national cabinet met on Wednesday and agreed isolation times will be reduced for those with Covid who are symptom-free from Friday 9 September.
There are some exceptions. Symptomatic patients have been ordered to stay at home and workers in “high-risk” settings such as the elderly, disabled and home care workers must stay at home for a full seven days.
Pandemic paid leave payments will continue for the five-day period, with the mask requirement on domestic flights being eliminated from the same date.
“We want people to stay at home. We want people to act responsibly,” Mr Albanese said.
Australia will reduce its mandatory Covid isolation period from seven to five days and will end mandatory masks on planes (pictured a masked woman in Bondi, Sydney).
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (pictured at the press club on Wednesday) said the changes to the Covid rules would come into force on Friday 9 September
The PM said he and state and territory leaders had decided the changes were an “appropriate response at this point in the pandemic”.
“We had a discussion about people taking care of each other, people taking care of and being responsible for their own health…there are no mandated requirements for the flu or a bunch of other diseases,” he said.
“What we want to do is ensure that government is responsive to the changed circumstances, that Covid will be there for a significant period of time.”
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet on Wednesday urged his state counterparts to consider reducing the isolation period ahead of the cabinet meeting.
Mr Perrottet said Covid rules across Australia must be “national harmony”.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet (pictured) on Wednesday urged his state counterparts to consider reducing the isolation period ahead of the cabinet meeting
The mask requirement on domestic flights will be abolished from September 9 (pictured passengers and crew on a domestic flight in September 2020)
The Prime Minister called for a change in mindset, away from ignoring symptoms and “moving on” to taking responsibility and staying at home when sick.
“We need to move from a ‘soldier on’ mentality when you’re sick to a situation where you respect others and accept that you stay home when you’re sick,” Perrottet told the Sydney Morning Herald.
A five-day isolation period was discussed at the last cabinet meeting, but was not given the green light by Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly.
NEW COVID ISOLATION RULES
– If you test positive for Covid you can leave isolation afterwards five days if you have no symptoms.
– Those working in vulnerable environments, including elderly and disabled care, must continue to be away from work for seven days
– If after five days you are still sick and showing symptoms, you must isolate yourself another two days.
– Masks are no longer compulsory on domestic flights in Australia
All of this expires September 9th
“Obviously if you have symptoms, we want people to stay home,” said Anthony Albanese.
“We want people to act responsibly. Seven days of isolation remain for workers in high-risk settings, including elderly care, disabled care and home care.