Pubs to open in Victoria on Friday

October 18, 2021
By Ioni Doherty

Fully vaccinated Victorians will be able to visit pubs and restaurants from midnight this Friday with the Andrews’ Government announcing on Sunday that lockdown will end five days earlier than planned.

Victoria has reached the vaccination target of 70 per cent target earlier than expected, even while recording 1838 COVID-19 cases and seven deaths on Sunday.

Mr Andrews said, “The milestone we’re about to hit marks a new and hopeful path for the whole state – allowing businesses to reopen and Victorians to get back to things they love.”

Pubs, clubs, restaurants and bars in metropolitan Melbourne can reopen to 20 fully-vaccinated people indoors and 50 outdoors from Friday.

In regional Victoria, the indoor capacity rises to 30 fully-vaccinated people and outdoor venues will increase to 100 people per venue with all full vaccinated. (If vaccination status is unknown, the venue can only have a total of 20 people.)

The next milestone in the Roadmap will be when Victoria hits the 80 per cent double dose vaccination target, predicted to be the first week of November.

When the state reaches 80 per cent of people aged 16 and above fully-vaccinated, up to 150 fully-vaccinated people will be able to dine indoors.

Crowds of ten thousand will be able to attend the Melbourne Cup, Oaks Day and Stakes Day.

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