Mask mandates are set to be scrapped on public transport, taxis and ride-share services in Queensland.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the decision on Twitter on Tuesday.
“From midnight tonight, masks will no longer be required on public transport, in rideshares and in taxis,” she said.
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Masks will still, however, be required for the five days following the end of a COVID-19 isolation period, Palaszczuk added.
“Please continue to stay home if you have symptoms, and test when needed,” she said.
It comes just a day after both NSW and South Australia announced they too would be scrapping the mask mandates.
The mask mandate will be officially scrapped on Wednesday, September 21 in NSW, while the mandate was dropped in SA on Tuesday.
Wearing a mask is still recommended by NSW Health when physical distancing is impossible “and in settings where there are vulnerable people and those who are at high risk of severe illness”, but it will no longer be enforced.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said masks still play a significant role in reducing the risk of transmission.
“Continuing to wear a mask in crowded areas will be particularly important for people who have underlying health conditions or who are vulnerable to COVID infection for other reasons,” Hazzard said.
“Wearing a mask in these settings will not only protect those around you but will also reduce your risk of infection.”
Mask wearing remains mandatory in public hospitals, private health facilities and residential aged care facilities.
Commuters in South Australia will also no longer legally be required to wear masks on public transport after the state government announced it too would drop the mandate on Tuesday.
SA Premier Peter Malinauskas said his government was determined to relax restrictions as soon as it was safe to do so.
“We think this is another practical step going forward,” Malinauskas said.
The move comes over a week after Western Australia scrapped their public transport mask mandates.
– With AAP
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