Premier Declares Lock down – What Rules are set to Ease?
The State Government has prolonged restrictions until Victoria reaches a 70 percent first dose vaccination target. This is assessed to be achieved Thursday 23 September. In mid-august, the Government prolonged lockdown until at least 2 September, but back then the daily community contagion numbers were around a sixth of the 120 records in the 24 hours to midnight last night.
Victorians cannot afford to open up and let this infection run free, yet he expects the first dose vaccine target will be reached around 23 September. Now only 45 percent of Victorians have received at least one jab.
“This is not where we wanted to be as a community, but we need to keep cases low so we can get more people vaccinated,” the Premier said. “So my message is: if you are over 18 and you want to keep you and your family safe, don’t wait. AstraZeneca is available now. Make a booking to get vaccinated.”
On the other hand, there will be certain small occasions with parks to re-open from 11:59 pm on 3 September, allowing for kids with only one parent or carer. There will be QR codes for check-in, and adults should not take away their masks to eat or drink.
In-home care like babysitters will also be prolonged to school kids but only if both parents are authorized workers. Once the vaccine target has been hot there could be a further easing of restrictions, e.g. expanding the range for workout and shopping from 5km to 10km, a lengthier permissible period for the workout of up to three hours, permitting outdoor personal training with up to two individuals plus the trainer, and reopening communal gym.
At that point, private assessments of vacant grounds will also be able to increase to 50 percent when 90 percent of their workers have received at least one vaccine dose. Up to five staff will actually able to work nearby at entertainment locales to broadcast performances.
“There’s a million things that we miss about life before the pandemic and a million things we’re looking forward to doing again once we’re through this outbreak – each of those is a reason to get vaccinated,” Health Minister Martin Foley said.