Mask mandates at Australian airports will be lifted within days.
The federal government said Tuesday that the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) had recommended that masks should no longer be mandatory in terminals from 11:59pm on Friday, June 17.
Travelers will still be required to wear a face mask on all flights, but the AHPCC will provide further advice on this in the future.
Health Secretary Mark Butler and Infrastructure Secretary Catherine King said they “expect the traveling public to notice this change in the days after Friday” as individual states and territories make changes to their public health regulations.
“This amended advice comes after the AHPPC has assessed the current COVID-19 situation in Australia and no longer considers it proportionate to require the wearing of masks in terminals,” the ministers said in a statement.
“It has also noted that all states and territories have relaxed mask mandates in most community settings.”
The AHPPC has strongly recommended that Australians continue to wear masks as an important measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and flu†
“Masks help us protect the most vulnerable in our community who cannot be vaccinated and those who are at higher risk of developing serious disease,” the ministers said.