The revised COVID-19 Protection Framework we introduced 3 weeks ago has effectively managed the Omicron outbreak at Red.
Over the past few weeks we have seen a sustained reduction in cases and hospitalisations despite the relaxation of settings, so we are confident a move to Orange can lock in those gains while helping the country return to a greater degree of normality.
We know this shift down to Orange will be welcome news to many as we head into Easter weekend and the school holidays and connect with loved ones.
But there is still Omicron in the community, and the threat of new variants arriving here is still risk, so everyone should continue to be cautious and think about the health of others, especially those who are immunocompromised or at higher risk of long-term health impacts from infection.
It is also important to make a plan in case you get COVID-19 on holiday. If you are not using your own vehicle to travel — such as relying on flights or public transport — you need to make sure you can isolate where you are.
Life at Orange
Under Orange there are no indoor capacity limits and the seated and separated rule for hospitality venues lifts, so bars, cafes and restaurants are able to fill up again.
Wearing a face mask at Orange is still important, especially with capacity limits removed. People are required to wear a face mask in many indoor settings. Next to being vaccinated and having a booster, face masks are our main defence against COVID-19 at Orange.