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Masks mandates will be removed in a majority of settings from tomorrow, with QR code check ins also scrapped.

Premier Peter Malinauskas announced on Tuesday that masks would be required only on passenger transport (including taxis and rideshare), planes, indoors at airports, hospitals and community healthcare, residential aged care, disability care facilities and correctional service facilities.

QR code check ins will be “mothballed” other than for hospital, aged care and residential disability facilities.

Premier Malinauskas said the changes would bring South Australia into line with most other states.

“I made a commitment to South Australians a few weeks ago that we would be working towards lifting mask mandates,” he said.

“Come Good Friday we will see a substantial relaxation of mask rules in SA, but remember wearing a mask is a choice, if there are South Australians who are no longer required to wear a mask but want to, they should … if you feel that provides you or your family with more protection.”

Premier Malinauskas said close contact settings would also be maintained and a decision would be made about mask requirements in schools before the resumption of Term 2.

“In relation to masks in schools, we will continue to work with the Department of Education over the school holidays and make further announcements closer to the next school term,” he said.

“QR codes and masks have been critical in keeping us safe, however, with increasing numbers of South Australians getting their third dose we are able to make these changes.

“These changes bring us in line with the mandates across the country, but the message to the community is still that masks are effective and that people are still able to wear them in a variety of settings to keep themselves and their families safe.

“Changes to QR code and mask requirements will still support our focus on the highest-risk settings ensuring we continue to protect vulnerable people who must access these premises and services.”

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