Tasmania has dropped the requirement for residential aged care visitors to wear masks as part of a broader easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
Premier and State Health Minister Jeremy Rockliff (pictured) announced that as of 30 June, the state will transition out of the Public Health Emergency Declaration and masks will no longer be mandatory in hospitals, aged care facilities, disability providers and correctional facilities, instead being based on risk assessments in each setting.
“These are sensible steps forward as we continue to transition to living with COVID-19 and make personal choices regarding COVID protections, and adapt to a more normal way of living.
“However, positive COVID-19 cases will still be required to quarantine for a minimum of seven days, and close contacts of positive cases will still be required to wear face masks in indoor settings when outside the home,” he said.
Tasmania is so far the only state or territory in Australia to drop mask mandates for aged care.