Victorian state officials will begin to ease lockdowns in Melbourne this week, allowing hospitality venues and some businesses to resume, albeit with restricted capacity.
The announcement was made on October 17.
More easing, including the reopening of many retailers, will come once 80 per cent of eligible Victorians are fully vaccinated – estimated by November 5 at the latest.
The city has been under six lockdowns that span nearly nine months, since March 2020.
Melbourne’s reopening follows that of New South Wales, which emerged last week from a 100-day lockdown.
Australia is looking to end her 18-month travel ban in November, which will allow vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents to travel abroad. However, the speed of materialisation will depend on the establishment of home quarantine in the country’s eight states and territories.