Venues and festivals restrictions will be lifted in Victoria next month

Festivals and full venues will return to Victoria in late November, according to an updated roadmap provided by the state government.

At a press conference yesterday (October 24), Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews confirmed that 80% of the state’s population should be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by this Friday (October 29). At this point, according to an updated COVID roadmap, concert halls will be able to reopen for non-seated indoor entertainment subject to a density quotient of one person per four square meters.

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The government also explained how the restrictions will be relaxed once 90% of the population (ages 12 and up) is fully immunized. Once the threshold is reached – expected around November 24 – the venues can host events at their maximum capacity. Festivals can also take place without participant caps or density quotients.

Additionally, indoor and outdoor assembly limits will no longer apply. Masks will not need to be worn at all, except in high-risk or poorly immunized areas such as public transport, prisons, hospitals or elderly care facilities.

These freedoms, described by Andrews as “the vaccinated economy,” will only be available to fully vaccinated Victorians.

“We have not only expanded the vaccinated economy, but we have also indicated – we have been very clear on the fact – that this will not change anytime soon, and that it will be there for 2022”, Andrews said at his press conference yesterday.

Save Our Scene, the coalition of Victorian sites pushing for greater clarity around restrictions after the 80% vaccination mark, welcomed the news and thanked punters for their support.

“There are fine print, and we need to see them. But now we just want to say thank you. Thanks for raising your voice. We love you. Today is a good day. “

Melbourne’s sixth and final lockdown ended last week, after 70% of the state’s population were fully vaccinated.

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