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More freedoms for Victorians as COVID-19 vaccine rate tops 90 per cent

Victoria will lift most of the remaining restrictions across the state for people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 from 11.59am tonight.

Victoria’s Acting Chief Health Officer has determined that the restrictions will ease as the state’s eligible vaccination population hits a 90 percent double-dose milestone. The move represents the state reaching Phase D of a national plan.

From this weekend, fully vaccinated Victorians can return to dance floors, there will be no visitor limits in the home  and no caps or density limits for cafés and restaurants.

A ‘vaccinated economy’ will remain, as will masks in some high-risk settings.



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Masks will still be required in health facilities, public transport, retail settings, and in primary schools.

A considerable list of changes are Victorian public-health expert recommendations based on Burnet Institute modelling, behavioural insights and international experience – and are guided by the goal of having ‘an open, vaccinated society where both public health risks and social disruptions are minimised in a balanced way’.

When the settings are in effect, the government will publish new online portal offering clear and simple ‘checklist’ advice for cases, contacts, workplaces and schools at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/checklist, which will also include advice on how to ‘have the conversation’ with family and friends.

 

COVIDSafe settings will also be published online at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covidsafe-settings.