After 262 days of Covid-19 restrictions, Victoria lifted its coronavirus lockdown on 11:59pm on Thursday, allowing locals to leave home without an essential reason and to travel without limits.
It follows the state’s reopening roadmap milestone of hitting 70 percent full vaccination status. Deputy Premier James Merlino boasted the state was “on track to become one of the most highly vaccinated jurisdictions in the world”.
Under the eased rules, people will be allowed to have ten visitors to their home each day, and the 10km travel limit in metropolitan Melbourne has been removed. However, travel to regional areas is currently still barred.
General retail will be open for outdoor service and hairdressers will be able to open to five fully vaccinated people at a time. School will also begin to resume on Friday.
Crown Melbourne, located in the Melbourne CBD however, remains closed – according to a phone enquiry made by AGB on Friday morning.
Meanwhile, the Queensland government on Monday released its Covid-19 vaccination roadmap, outlining when travelers will be able to enter the state more freely.
At 70 percent vaccination (expected on November 19), anyone travelling from a domestic hotspot in the last 14 days will be required to have a negative covid-19 test and home quarantine for 14 days. They are also only permitted to travel by air.
At 80 percent (expected December 17), there will be no quarantine required and travellers from interstate hotpots can now travel by road, in addition to flying. Overseas travelers will be allowed to undertake 14 days of home quarantine, provided they are fully vaccinated and have had a negative test in the last 72 hours.