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Mask mandates at airports set to lift, but still required on flights



Mask mandates at Australian airports are set lift within days.

The federal government said on Tuesday that the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) had recommended masks no longer be mandated in terminals from as early as 11.59pm on Friday, June 17.

Travellers will still be required to wear masks on all flights, however the AHPCC said it will issue further advice on this in the future.

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Health Minister Mark Butler and Infrastructure Minister Catherine King said they "anticipate the travelling public will notice this change in the days following Friday" as individual state and territories make changes to their public health orders.

"This changed advice comes after the AHPPC has reviewed the current COVID-19 situation in Australia and considers it no longer proportionate to mandate mask wearing in the terminals," the ministers said in a statement.

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"It has also noted all states and territories have relaxed mask mandates in most community settings."

The AHPPC has strongly recommended Australians continue to wear masks as a key measure to help minimise the spread of COVID-19 and influenza.

"Masks help us protect the most vulnerable in our community who are unable to get vaccinated and people who have a higher risk of developing severe illness," the ministers said.

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