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Victoria and NSW scrap isolation requirements

The Victoria and NSW governments have ended the isolation requirements for COVID close contacts following calls from business groups.

20 April 2022 

From 6pm on Friday, 22 April, close contacts will no longer have to isolate, so long as they comply with stringent guidelines, including undertaking a daily Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) before heading to work.

“This is great news for the business community, and I commend the Premier for his swift action,” said Business NSW chief executive Daniel Hunter.

Just yesterday, I joined with my Victorian counterpart in calling for this to happen in the two largest economies in the nation, and both the Victorian and NSW governments have listened to the needs of business,” Mr Hunter said.

“This has been a difficult time for many business owners who’ve had to close their doors or operate under reduced conditions because healthy staff have been at home in isolation.”

Mr Hunter said it made “no sense” that some industries were exempted from these rules.

“The unfairness was creating a two-tiered structure and that was damaging to business confidence and future planning,” he said. 

Mr Hunter said small businesses, in particular, could plan future production with more confidence knowing that staff were more likely to be available for long periods of time with the relaxation of these rules.

“Business fully appreciates the complexity of dealing with the pandemic and the conditions that had to be imposed to keep the community safe, and the government has done a stellar job in that regard,” Mr Hunter said.

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