Victoria plays catch-up with NSW and announces end to lockdown

hospitality venues & weddings are limited to 20 vaccinated people inside and 50 outside - cold comfort for the events industry but a step in the right direction

The lockdown and curfew in Melbourne will end this Thursday (21st October) after 77 days. The reason given for the end of lockdown is that the state will reach 70% of its eligible population vaccinated earlier than expected.

The announcement follows consistent and sometimes violent protests & demonstrations in Melbourne, the end of lockdown in New South Wales last week and the announcement by NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet on Friday that his state is getting ready to open up for business to the world.

There will be no limits on travel in the metropolitan Melbourne area, but city residents will not be able to travel to regional Victoria without authorisation.

A maximum of ten visitors in homes, hospitality venues and weddings are limited to 20 vaccinated people inside and 50 outside – cold comfort for the events industry but a step in the right direction.

Victoria should reach 80% vaccination rates by the 5th November, at which point more restrictions will be removed.

Melbourne has experienced 6 ‘snap’ lockdowns and this latest was supposed to last for just seven days. Melbourne has the unfortunate distinction of being the most locked down city in the world.