South Australians will get an early Easter gift – a relaxed mask mandate and QR code hibernation of recordings.
Prime Minister Peter Malinauskas announced the changes on Tuesday, bringing the state in line with other Australian jurisdictions.
“Wearing a mask is a choice, there is nothing wrong with choosing to wear a mask – there is no rule against wearing a mask,” Mr Malinauskas told reporters.
“We are giving South Australians the ability to exercise more choice, more discretion when it comes to wearing a mask.”
The current rules will come into effect on Good Friday.
Masks will only be required in passenger transportation, airplanes, inside airports, hospitals and community health care, aged care facilities, disability care facilities and nursing homes. correctional services.
And QR recordings will only be needed in hospitals and aged care facilities.
“The Easter Bunny is coming in four days, in two days South Australians will have a lot more choice when it comes to mask-wearing,” Mr Malinauskas said.
“We are also announcing the mothballing of the QR code regime, which means that QR codes will only be required in hospitals and aged care facilities,” he said.
Mr Malinauskas clarified that the regime was being reinstated, rather than abolished, as there might be a time when it needed to return.
South Australia recorded 4,401 cases on Tuesday, along with six deaths and 232 hospitalized patients, including 12 in intensive care.
WA Premier Mark McGowan was called on Friday to lift the mask mandate by Anzac Day and ‘show a level of trust and respect’ that West Australians will do the right thing and stay home if they are sick.
Perth Mayor Basil Zempilas and WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Chris Rodwell joined forces on Friday to announce the council’s latest set of measures to help boost the struggling CBD.
“I think West Australians, people in Perth, can be trusted to do the right thing. Staying home if feeling unwell to continue sanitizing, coming to the office and being safe if the mask mandate is lifted, and continuing to operate with other West Australians in mind “, did he declare.
With the Anzac Day parade returning to St Georges Terrace later this month, Mr Zempilas – an employee of Seven West Media – has designated April 25 as the date for easing restrictions.
“Anzac Day could be the right line in the sand,” he said.
“By then, I imagine we will have a confirmed downward trend in the daily number of COVID cases and it looks like there is no rush to lift the mask mandate. That would be the right balance. I think between being conservative but attentive to the needs of our city. »
Meanwhile, a man in his 30s is among three new deaths in Western Australia as the state recorded a spike in Covid-19 infections overnight.
WA Health reported 6,348 new infections overnight – up from 4,993 the previous day – bringing the total number of active cases to 40,169.
There are now 236 people with Covid-19 in hospital, including seven in intensive care.
The other two deaths are an 80-year-old woman and a 60-year-old woman.
“Due to patient confidentiality, no further information will be released by the Department about these deaths,” a statement read Tuesday.
Of the new cases, 1,989 were confirmed by a PCR test, while the remaining 4,360 were identified from self-reported positive rapid antigen tests.
A total of 14,079 PCR tests were carried out on Monday.
WA has a third dose vaccination rate of 77.1%.
The state has recorded a total of 257,997 cases since the start of the pandemic.