Victorians can finally look towards a Covid-normal way of life beyond November, with the state expected to reach two crucial vaccine milestones in the coming weeks.
Premier Daniel Andrews announced two sets of rules which would cover all of Victoria once the state hit an 80 per cent double-dose vaccination rate, and then at 90 per cent.
Mr Andrews said the state was expected to hit the 80 per cent double dose vaccination milestone later this week, which is almost one week ahead of predictions. He said the government “will flick the switch” at 6pm this Friday.
The 90 per cent double dose vaccination rate is predicted to be achieved on or about November 24.
“There will be no caps anywhere,” Mr Andrews said.
“There will be no density questions anywhere.
“Masks will only be required in high risk indoor settings, such as public transport, prisons, hospitals, aged care, to give you some examples.”
”I want to see 80,000 plus people at the Boxing Test on day one”.
“It won‘t be easy, but we are very confident, very, very confident that we will be able to deliver that,” he said.
All the rules changing at 80 per cent – 6pm on Friday
- Travel from Melbourne to regional Victoria will be allowed.
- Most indoor settings, including restaurants, pubs, gyms and hairdressers will open with no caps subject to a 1-person per four square metres limit – all staff and patrons must be fully vaccinated.
- Most outdoor settings will remain at 1-person per two square metres limit (up to 500 people) – where staff and patrons are fully vaccinated.
- These indoor and outdoor settings will also apply to weddings, funerals and religious gatherings if all attendees are fully vaccinated.
- Early childhood education and care is open.
- All students return to school with additional safety measures in place.
- On-site adult education returns for fully vaccinated Victorians.
- Caps of 30 people will apply for weddings, funerals and religious gatherings if vaccination status is unknown.
- Entertainment venues will reopen. For indoor seated venues including cinemas and theatres, there will a 75 per cent capacity or up to 1000 people, and for non-seated indoor entertainment venues there will be a 1-person per four square metres limit with no patron cap.
- Masks will remain mandatory indoors but no longer required outdoors. It is highly recommended you continue to wear a mask outdoors where you cannot physically distance.
All the rules changing at 90 per cent – November 24
- No (capacity) caps anywhere and no density limits.
- Masks only required in high risk indoor settings such as public transport, prisons, hospitals and aged care.
- Double-dose vaccination proof required when attending venues, events.