Corovairus Restaurants, pubs and hairdressers booked as Dan Andrews ends lockdown

Restaurants, pubs and hairdressers fully-booked in Melbourne as Dan Andrews ends lockdown five days early despite surging Covid cases


Phones are running hot for hairdressers, pubs and restaurants as fully vaccinated Melburnians get ready for their first taste of freedom in months.

Haircuts as well as a parma and beers will be back on the menu as of Friday after the Victoria government announced it would end lockdown five days earlier than previously planned thanks to hitting its 70 per cent double-dosed vaccination target more quickly than expected.

News of the fast-tracked relaxation came after Victoria recorded 1838 Covid-19 cases and seven deaths on Sunday.

Hospitality outlets will welcome back fully vaccinated diners from Friday (pictured a restaurant in Melbourne)

From 11.59pm on Thursday, all restrictions for leaving home will be abolished, alongside the state’s controversial curfew.

Changes will also be made to isolation orders, with fully vaccinated people who are identified as a primary close contact of a confirmed case they don’t live with having to quarantine for seven days rather than 14.

They will need to return negative test results on their first and sixth day of quarantine.

Household and unvaccinated primary close contacts will still be required to isolate for 14 days.

Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley said the ‘safe and sensible’ changes to isolation were ‘because of Victoria’s outstanding work in getting vaccinated’.

'Bring forward the haircut and tell Mum you'll be round for dinner,' Daniel Andrews captioned his state's revised roadmap out of lockdown (pictured)

‘Bring forward the haircut and tell Mum you’ll be round for dinner,’ Daniel Andrews captioned his state’s revised roadmap out of lockdown (pictured)

Up to 10 visitors will be allowed in a home per day, but retail and gyms in metropolitan Melbourne will remain closed.

Hairdressing and beauty salons will be able to open for up to five fully vaccinated people at a time.

Pubs, clubs and entertainment venues will be able to open to 20 fully vaccinated customers indoors, and 50 doubled-dosed people outdoors.

‘Today is a day where every Victorian should be proud,’ Mr Andrews said Sunday.

‘To be only a couple of weeks behind NSW when we know just how much extra vaccine went there is a credit to all Victorians.’

Under the state’s roadmap, the city’s current lockdown – which has run for 74 days – had been due to end on October 26, the predicted date by when 70 per cent of those aged 16 and over would be double-dosed.

Restrictions will ease further when 80 per cent of the eligible population has received both vaccine doses, originally projected to be November 5.

A large proportion of cases reported on Sunday were from south-east Melbourne, with the City of Casey alone recording 251 of the 1838 new infections.

VICTORIA FAST-TRACKS ROADMAP

Victoria’s lockdown will end at 11.59pm Thursday with a raft of eased restrictions. 

* Reasons to leave home and curfew no longer in place

* 10 people including dependents can visit a home each day

* 15 people can gather outdoors

* Pubs, clubs and entertainment venues can open to 20 fully vaccinated people indoors and 50 fully vaccinated people outdoors

* Funerals and weddings allowed for 20 fully vaccinated indoors and 50 fully vaccinated outdoors

* All students to return to school at least part-time

* Hairdressing and beauty salons to open for up to five fully vaccinated people at a time. 

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