Pressure mounts on Victoria to ditch mask mandates on public transport

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has dropped a key hint on whether mask mandates may soon be a thing of the past on public transport, saying that his government had “always sought to be nationally consistent” on public health policy.

“We look at these matters every single day,” Mr Andrews told media in Melbourne on Tuesday.

The hint comes after both NSW and SA revealed mask mandates will end on public transport, ride shares and taxis on Monday.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said the move was “common sense,” while the same change was announced by SA leader Peter Malinauskas.

Camera IconVictorian Premier Daniel Andrews dropped a key hint on the future of mask mandates in the state on Tuesday. NCA NewsWire / Paul Jeffers Credit: News Corp Australia

The changes are effective in SA on Tuesday, while QR check-in codes will be scrapped on Friday.

In NSW, the changes will come into effect on Wednesday.

“This is a commonsense approach that brings the rules into line for people travelling on buses or trains with those for planes and airport terminals,” Mr Perrottet said this week.

Mr Malinauskas said removing mask mandates on public transport was “yet another step towards our post-pandemic future.”

Melbourne
Camera IconPressure is mounting on Daniel Andrews to remove mask mandates on public transports after recent announcements from the NSW and South Australian governments. NCA NewsWire / Ian Currie Credit: News Corp Australia

While not being drawn into a definitive statement on mask mandates on public transport and in taxis, Mr Andrews said Victorians “can rest assured we are looking at these things.”

But he insisted the government had “no announcement” to make today.

Victorian Health Minister Mary-Anne Thomas echoed Mr Andrews comments, saying the government would try and be consistent with other states to as greater degree possible.

Shadow Victorian Health Minister Georgie Crozier was contacted for comment.

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