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Face masks and office workers

Find out about recent changes to face masks requirements and return to work for office workers.

Update on face masks

From 11.59pm on Sunday 17 January 2021, face masks will no longer be mandatory in all public indoor settings.

These requirements are in line with settings that were in place at Christmas time.

Face masks continue to be mandatory in the following locations:

  • on public transport
  • when riding in a ride share or taxi
  • in large retail stores (over 2000 sqm), such as department stores, electronics stores, furniture stores, hardware stores or supermarkets
  • inside shopping centres, including the retail stores inside shopping centres, such as clothing stores
  • inside indoor markets
  • on domestic flights to and from Victoria
  • at airports
  • in hospitals
  • when working in or visiting hospitals and care facilities.

You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to.

It is strongly recommended you wear one whenever you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others.

Update on office workers

From Monday 18 January 2021 more office workers will be able to make a partial return to the office.

In line with previous announcements, up to 50 per cent of office workers who are not in the public service will be able to return to on-site work as well as up to 25 per cent of public service workers.

Offices with fewer than 40 staff can have 20 staff on-site subject to density quotients.

Additionally, from Monday 18 January 2021 face masks will no longer be required to be worn in offices.

You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to.

It is strongly recommended you wear one whenever you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others.

Reviewed 21 January 2021

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