Based on the latest national advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), mask wearing mandates in airports across the country have started to be lifted.
The AHPPC has reviewed the current COVID-19 situation in Australia and revised the need for mandated mask wearing in airports.
Given that all states and territories have relaxed mask mandates in most settings within the community, the AHPPC considers that it is no longer proportionate to mandate mask use in airport terminals and proposes lifting mandates from as early as midnight 17 June 2022.
The AHPPC continues to recognise the role of masks, along with other public health measures, in minimising COVID-19 and influenza transmission and protecting the broader community, including those who are unable to get vaccinated and people who have a higher risk of developing severe illness. In light of this, the AHPPC continues to strongly recommend continued mask wearing in airport terminals and other indoor settings, especially where physical distancing is not possible.
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