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One of the most hated lockdown rules may be among the first to expire in Victoria, according to details leaked after emergency meetings.
Victorian officials are considering lifting the divisive ban on the stadium within days, according to leaked details of the state’s reopening plan.
On Tuesday evening, Victoria’s health leaders and officials met in emergency meetings to discuss the state’s exit from its sixth virus lockdown.
Despite the increasing numbers of cases and deaths recorded on Tuesday, officials are reportedly beginning to accept that covid zero is no longer possible and are instead working on a plan for a staggered reopening of some industries and relaxation of some rules.
According to Herald SunStadiums could be one of the first things to reopen, as the stadium ban is allegedly set to be lifted as soon as Friday.
daily mail Officials revealed that they are looking to local government areas with low or no numbers of cases where restrictions, such as stadium bans, can be lifted.
While the plan won’t be officially announced by Prime Minister Daniel Andrews until tomorrow, Announce She also mentioned that authorities were also considering increasing the 5km travel limit to 10km, as well as easing some restrictions in certain areas first – although special Father’s Day gatherings will remain off the table.
Most retail stores will likely remain closed all the time and face masks will remain mandatory.
The publication also notes that new freedoms for double-vaccinated Victorians are likely to be announced, including allowing full vaccinations in outdoor cafes, visits to vacation homes and hair salon appointments.
“must be rules”
Despite the imminent announcement of the reopening plan, Prime Minister Daniel Andrews was in a bind today to assure that the state will not return to everyday life anytime soon.
Speaking to the media this morning, he said that while the Delta dynasty has continued to wreak havoc, there “has to be rules” for some time, and said only “modest” relief will be announced.
“I want to be very clear with the people of Victoria – this is not going to be a day of freedom, it is not going to be a day of openness. It will be modest changes that hopefully will be meaningful in people’s lives.”
“Whether it’s called lockdown, lockdown, stay at home, whatever you want to call it, and the idea of there being so few rules and delta moving across the community – I stress again, with 35 percent of people vaccinated – nobody It supports that,” he said.
“No one should because what that means is we have thousands of cases.
“It’s an admission that Delta is a very challenging enemy, but we’ve done it before.
“I’m confident we can find that middle path where we don’t necessarily have zero, but low numbers and we continue to do everything we can to get it as low as possible and keep it as low as possible.”
Horror day in Victoria
The update comes as Victoria had a day of horror today, as two women tragically died in their home from Covid.
A woman in her forties from the Darbin area and a Hume woman in her 60s died at home on Tuesday.
Their deaths are the first in the state since the second wave last year, and bring the total death toll in Victoria to 822.
“We are sending our deepest condolences to the families and communities involved – and will work with them to give them the support and guidance they need over the coming days,” the Victorian Department of Health said in a statement, urging residents to call three-0 in an emergency.
Earlier on Tuesday, it was revealed that there were 76 new locally acquired cases overnight.
Of these, 45 have been linked to a known outbreak, while 31 are still under investigation.
And only 36 of them were in isolation for the duration of the infection, raising fears of future spread of the disease.
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