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Melbourne unmasks offices – but why are masks still required?

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced a further relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions across Melbourne, but will mask mandates still restrict businesses across the state?

So what does this mean for the state’s 5 million residents? For more, Breaking News Reporter Brittany Coles.

Nearly all remaining restrictions will be eased from 11:59PM tonight as the state reaches 90 per cent double-dose vaccine milestone. 

What does this mean?

  • There will be no density limits.
  • No capacity limits.
  • No restrictions on how many people can visit you at home.
  • No masks in most places.

Events with fewer than 30,000 people can go ahead – no approval needed.

Larger events – like the Boxing Day Test and Australian Open – can go ahead at 100% with an approved COVIDSafe Plan.

If you have COVID-19 you will only be required to isolate for 10 days if you’re vaccinated, 14 for unvaccinated. Cases are required to notify their workplace, school and childcare about their positive result.

Why do masks have to stay?

Masks are still required in some indoor settings. These settings include retail, health care, aged care, justice facilities, at primary schools and on PT/cabs/Uber’s.

Masks will no longer need to be worn in office settings or when walking into cafes, bars and restaurants.

These mask rules will change again by December 15 and from this date, they will not need to be worn in retail settings.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic the Commission has received hundreds of complaints about the way service providers have treated people who cannot wear a mask because of a protected attribute under discrimination law, such as a disability.

People have been refused service for not wearing a mask despite having a lawful exception under the public health directions and the protections provided by discrimination law.

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Essential daily protein needs for better health

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Protein is a fundamental macronutrient essential for various bodily functions, including muscle repair, enzyme production, and immune system support.

Daily protein requirements can vary significantly based on factors such as activity levels, age, and gender.

To help unpack this topic, Kate Save from BeFitFood joins to share her key insights. #featured

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Can big tech be trusted to use AI ethically?

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Big tech giants like Google, Microsoft, and IBM announced comprehensive plans to enhance AI safety measures – but is that enough to convince the everyday worker?

On this episode of Ahron & Mike Live – Can big tech be trusted with AI? “The Fall Guy” takes a hard hit, Apple’s Top Ten controversy and a robot performs surgery on a piece of corn.

Ticker’s Ahron Young & Mike Loder discuss. #featured

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Biden slams the brakes on EV overcapacity

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President Biden has imposed new tariffs on Chinese EV imports, just as the Chinese EV industry is facing a critical challenge: overcapacity.

The move comes amidst escalating trade tensions between the two economic giants, with repercussions likely to reverberate across the automotive sector.

David Zhang, the China Insider explores this issue and more. #featured #trending

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