Daniel Andrews digs in on public transport mask rules

‘Chairman’ Dan digs in: Victorian Premier STILL won’t get rid of his public transport mask mandate – and IS fining residents… even as the rest of the country ditches them

Daniel Andrews said he had no announcement to make about mask mandates on public transport - after NSW and SA announced they were scrapping them

Daniel Andrews said he had no announcement to make about mask mandates on public transport – after NSW and SA announced they were scrapping them

Commuters in Victoria will continue to be forced to wear masks on public transport – with Premier Daniel Andrews saying no decision has been made to get rid of them. 

Mr Andrews’ government is reviewing the future of the mask requirement in the wake of NSW and South Australia scrapping the rules. 

But the state premier told reporters on Tuesday no decision has been made about getting rid of the compulsory requirement. 

‘The national cabinet only a short while ago made changes to the mandatory (isolation) periods,’ he said.

‘We’re all looking at these rules, but I don’t have any announcements to make today about masks – but rest assured we’re looking into those matters and all COVID rules.’

Victoria, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory are the only remaining jurisdictions where face masks must be worn on public transport.

The premier’s comments come as more than 100 fines have been issued on public transport in Victoria since the start of September for non-compliance.

It comes as it was recently revealed more than 100 fines have been issued on public transport in Victoria since the start of September for compliance

It comes as it was recently revealed more than 100 fines have been issued on public transport in Victoria since the start of September for compliance

Additionally, authorised officers have spoken to more than 181,268 passengers in the same period as part of a crackdown to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Under Victoria’s pandemic orders, passengers on public transport are required to wear a fitted face mask covering their nose and mouth while travelling on all forms of public transport unless they have a valid exemption.

The fine for failing or refusing to wear a fitted mask on public transport is $100 for an adult.

National cabinet agreed to scrap mask mandates for domestic flights from September 9 amid falling COVID-19 case numbers.

The Victorian government also lifted its work from home recommendation at the end of winter.

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