Iso slashed to five days and mask mandate for domestic flights scrapped

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The isolation period for people with Covid has been cut to five days while requirements for mask wearing on domestic flights has also been scrapped.

The National Cabinet meeting agreed to the changes which come into effect on September 9.

“We had a discussion about people looking after each other, people looking after their own health and being responsible for that…there aren’t mandated requirements for the flu or a range of other illnesses,” said Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

“What we want to do is to make sure that government responds to the changed circumstances, the Covid likely is going to be around for a considerable period of time.”

Qantas and Virgin Australia both welcomed the decision to drop the mask mandate on domestic services saying the mandate had already been lifted at airports.

“Global studies show the risk of transmission inside aircraft cabins is very low due to the air being refreshed every few minutes, in addition to forward facing seats and HEPA filters which capture 99.9 per cent of airborne particles,” a spokesperson for Qantas said.

“We will continue to make masks available onboard and appreciate that some customers may wish to continue to wear them.”

Virgin also emphasised the role of filters on board their planes.

“The safety of our crew and guests is our number one priority and Virgin Australia is committed to upholding the highest standards of cleanliness on board,” a Virgin spokesperson said.