Ten thousand fully-vaccinated Melburnians will be able to attend the Melbourne Cup while thousands will be able to go to a live music event on 30 October, the Premier has announced.
The news comes as the state has recorded 1890 new Covid-19 cases and a further five deaths in the past 24 hours.
Daniel Andrews confirmed Victoria is on track to ease restrictions this month, with 86 per cent of the eligible population aged over 16 having had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 58 per cent having had both doses.
“So we are well on track to get to 70 per cent double dosed on time as the roadmap outlines. 80 per cent double dosed just a short time thereafter,” he said.
Mr Andrews announced thousands of people would be able to attend a live music event at Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl on 30 October as part of a ‘vaccinated-economy’ trial in Melbourne.
On 2 November, 10,000 fans will be allowed to attend the famous Melbourne Cup.
“Whether you are a racegoer or not, whether you are a fan of the sport or not, that’ll be a very important day for every single Victorian, a message to the rest of the country and the world about the fact that we are open,” Mr Andrews said.
“We will hope we have that by that stage passed 80% double dosed, and we can then confirm that the last two events of the Melbourne Cup carnival will also have a crowds of up to 10,000 people.”
Vaccinated economy trials are set to begin at 15 venues in six LGAs in regional Victoria tomorrow.
The developments come after the state set a national daily case number record yesterday with almost 2000 new COVID-19 cases.
Today’s new cases take the state’s total number of active cases to 18,342, with 609 currently in hospital, including 126 in intensive care and 88 on a ventilator.
The five deaths recorded today include a man in his 50s from Melbourne, a male in his 50s from Brimbank, a man in his 70s from Maribyrnong, a man in his 70s from Wyndham and a woman in her 80s from Yarra.
Already changes have been made to the state’s lockdown rules, with Health Department deputy secretary Kate Matson confirming that secondary close contacts will not need to isolate.
While it has been the policy in Melbourne for some time, it will now be extended to all of Victoria.