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April 13, 2023
The Australian state of Victoria placed a ban on removing masks to drink beverages outside.
In a press conference, Premier Daniel Andrews said, “There will be no removal of masks to consume alcohol outdoors, you will no longer be able to remove your mask to drink a cocktail at a pop-up beer garden on a footpath as part of a pub crawl.” Rather, he suggested Aussies continue walking to the next bar while drinking, rather than stopping in a public space. This initiative is called the “Walk. Talk. Sip.”
Australia continues to implement strict lockdowns across the country, despite low cases compared to the height of the pandemic. Last week, the state capital imposed a new lockdown after one new COVID-19 case, and nine deaths led the government to send in the military to enforce COVID-19 policies.
The measures led thousands of Australians to protest the government’s handling of COVID-19. The latest measures are the government’s sixth round of orders, despite low cases and deaths. Similar to efforts, including mask and vaccine mandates in America, the policies arrived after the spread of the Delta variant which caused a spike in cases.
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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