Nearly There: Return To Normality With 80 And 90 Vax Rates

After record vaccination rates that will soon see Victoria become one of the most vaccinated places in the world, our state is set on a path back to normal living resembling our pre-COVID lives.

The Victorian Government has outlined further details for the 80 per cent and 90 per cent double dose targets on the Roadmap.

Key dates set out in the updated Roadmap are:

  •  Friday 29 October: Victoria to reach its 80 per cent double dose vaccination milestone.
  • Wednesday 24 November: Victoria is predicted to reach its 90 per cent double dose milestone.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has determined that at 6:00pm on Friday 29 October:

Regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne will unite and share the same restrictions, enabling people to travel between Melbourne, regional Victoria and interstate again.

  • Masks will remain mandatory indoors but are no longer required outdoors. It is highly recommended Victorians continue to wear a mask outdoors where they cannot physically distance.
  • Most indoor settings, including restaurants, pubs, gyms and hairdressers will open with no capacity limits subject to a DQ4 (one person per four square metres) limit, if all staff and patrons are fully vaccinated.
  • Most outdoor settings will remain at DQ2 (one person per two square metres) up to 500, 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. Capacity limits 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 be a 75 per cent capacity limit or DQ4 up to 1000 people and for non-seated indoor entertainment venues there will be a DQ4 limit with no patron cap.
  • Outdoor seated and non-seated entertainment venues, including stadiums, zoos and tourism attractions, will be open with a DQ2 limit up to 5,000 where staff and patrons are fully vaccinated.
  • Events – such as music festivals – will be able to host up to 5,000 attendees, subject to any restrictions related to the venue. The Chief Health Officer may also grant an approval for larger crowds for significant events and venues under the Public Events Framework.

When Victoria hits the 90 per cent double dose vaccination target for Victorians 12 years and over – predicted to be Wednesday 24 November:

  • Capacity limits or density quotients will be removed for all settings.
  • Masks will only be mandatory indoors in some high-risk settings such as hospitals, aged care, public transport and justice and correctional facilities.
  • There will be no restrictions for indoor and outdoor events provided they follow COVIDSafe rules, including vaccination requirements.
  • Events with significant numbers of children may not be able to operate at full capacity while vaccines remain unavailable for children.
  • There will be capacity limits for religious ceremonies, weddings and funerals where vaccination status is unknown.

See the updated roadmaps (located at the bottom of the media release) for an overview of the restrictions changes, including:

Click here to read the Media Release.


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