Authorities in both Victoria and New South Wales have announced that gaming and hospitality venues will be able to reopen in late October as long as the vaccination rate continues rising.
Australia.- Gaming lounges and entertainment facilities in Victoria and New South Wales may be able to reopen next month.
Victorian premier Daniel Andrews has said that he aims to reopen the state’s economic activities once 70 per cent of Victorian adults are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, a milestone that’s expected to be reached around October 26.
However, entertainment venues, stadiums and sports centres will not reopen until 80 per cent of adults have been vaccinated, which is expected on around November 5.
Gladys Bereljiklian, the NSW premier, has made a similar announcement. The state is also testing a “home quarantine” programme. If it proves to be successful, this may be another step in the country’s reopening of its international borders.
In May, authorities announced that Australia’s international borders would remain closed until at least mid-2022 to avoid the arrival of new Covid-19 cases.