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More freedoms planned as vaccination rates better than forecast

Premier reveals plans to open up as 80 percent are double vaccinated Victoria is predicted to reach the 80 per cent mark for double vaccinated eligible Victorians on Friday 29 October 2021.

Premier reveals plans to open up as 80 percent are double vaccinated

Victoria is predicted to reach the 80 per cent mark for double vaccinated eligibie Victorians on Friday 29 October 2021.

The prediction for reaching 90 percent is 24 November 2021.

The Chief Health Officer has announced that from 6 pm on 29 October 2021 the following changes will be permitted:

  • no distinction between metro and regional Victoria, allowing travel throughout the state
  • most indoor settings, such as restaurants, pubs, gyms and hairdressers will open with no caps (but with density restrictions of 1 person per 4 sq metres) all staff and patrons must be fully vaccinated
  • outdoor venues open with a 1 person per sq metre) with a limit of up to 500 fully vaccinated people
  • these indoor and outdoor restrictions also apply to weddings, religious gatherings and funerals, provided all are fully vaccinated
  • where vaccination status is unknown, weddings, funerals and religious gatherings are restricted to 30 people
  • entertainment venues such as theatres and cinemas will reopen with a density limit of 1 person per sq metre up to 1000 people
  • outdoor entertainment such as zoos, stadiums, density limits and patron caps apply, all must be fully vaccinated
  • music festivals may host up to 5000 people (CHO may grant permission for larger crowds for significant events)
  • masks to remain mandatory indoors but will no longer be required when outdoors but take a mask along for situations where cannot physically distance

For full details, see Premier of Victoria Media release—Nearly there: Return to normality with 80 and 90 vax rates(opens in a new window)

When 70 percent are fully vaccinated

The premier announced that from 12.59 pm on Thursday 21 October 2021, more restrictions will be eased as Victoria is set to meet the target of 70 per cent of eligible Victorians being fully vaccinated by then.

From this time:

  • up to 10 people can gather in private homes (including dependents) (vaccinations highly recommended)
  • the curfew will be lifted
  • people in Metro Melbourne may drive more than 15 kilometres from home (but not into regional Victoria)
  • People in Metro Melbourne must continue to work from home if they are able to do so
  • Anyone on the authorised workers list must have at least one dose of vaccine
  • childcare open to children already using the centres, plus children of fully vaccinated parents
  • return to schools earlier than planned, in a staggered fashion from Friday 22 October
  • religious gatherings, weddings and funerals 50 (outdoors) and 20 (indoors) if all fully vaccinated *if not max 10 indoors
  • outdoor cafes, cinemas, pools and other physical recreation open for up to 50 people (subject to density limits) and only for fully vaccinated
  • indoor cafes and restaurants etc may open to 20 fully vaccinated people
  • large constructions sites back to 100 per cent capacity but only if all workers are fully vaccinated
  • Masks must continue to be worn indoors and out.

For details of the future plans and more details about what happens on 21 October, see Premier of Victoria Media release—Victorians' hard work means hitting target ahead of time(opens in a new window).

Further easing of restrictions to depend on vaccination rates

The Premier has announced a roadmap for slowly easing restrictions, based on vaccination targets. The current restrictions end as 70 per cent of people over 16 have received their second COVID-19 dose. This target was reached on 21 October 2021.

For details of the roadmap, see the attachments at the foot of the media release.

See Premier of Victoria Media release—Victoria's roadmap: Delivering the national plan(opens in a new window).(19 September 2021)

Construction workers to get vaccinated

All constructions workers must get vaccinated. They must have had at least one dose by 11.59 pm on 23 September 2021 in order to work on construction sites.

After this date unvaccinated workers may only be able to work if they have a proof of vaccination booking or a limited medical exemption for not getting vaccinated.

Construction workers must not work in regional areas and indoor worker tea-rooms must close. Eating and drinking is not permitted indoors.

Worker shift bubbles must be in place and a COVIDSafe marshal must be on site.

Construction workers can access priority vaccination bookings by phone: 1800 675 398

See Premier of Victoria Media release—New freedoms when 70 per cent first-dose target reached(opens in a new window).

Note: There is a detailed table of restrictions at the foot of the premier's announcement.