South Australians will no longer be required to wear face masks in most public indoor spaces from 12.01am on Friday April 15, Premier Peter Malinauskas announced in a press conference today.

But masks will still be required on public transport and in other high-risk settings, such as hospitals, aged care or residential disability facilities, public transport and ride-sharing vehicles. And, of course, if you prefer to wear a face mask for extra protection, no one is stopping you from doing so.

After the state cabinet’s emergency management council, Malinauskas said “mask wearing is a choice”.

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“There is nothing wrong with wanting to wear a mask that provides your family or loved one with more protection than what would be the case if you don’t wear a mask,” he said.

The rules for school students are yet to be determined, but the premier said it was incredibly challenging to ask children to wear face masks throughout their school day. “We will assess the requirement to wear masks in schools as we get closer to the resumption of school,” said Malinauskas.

He also said the state’s QR code check-in requirements will be “mothballed”, meaning they could be reinstated should Covid-19 cases rise significantly.

Venues where masks are no longer mandatory include shops, supermarkets, pubs, clubs, hairdressers and beauty salons.