Victorians set for eased restrictions on September 23 but lockdown to remain until October

Victorians will remain in lockdown until at least 70 per cent of the state is fully vaccinated, expected to be in late October, but some minor new freedoms will be permitted on September 23.

Victorians set for eased restrictions on September 23 but lockdown to remain until October

Victoria will remain in lockdown until at least 70 per cent of the state is fully vaccinated, with some minor freedoms allowed from September 23.

It comes as the state recorded 120 new Covid cases overnight — the biggest spike in more than a year — and two deaths.

It’s the largest daily tally since 149 infections were announced on August 26, 2020.

Melburnians will enjoy one small reprieve from 11.59pm on Thursday, September 1, with playgrounds to reopen.

Premier Daniel Andrews fronted the media on Wednesday, saying: “A lockdown in some form is going to be there to contain cases until we get the vaccination rates as high as possible consistent with the national plan”.

Victoria is expected to hit 70 per cent double vaccination rates in late October and 80 per cent in November.

The state’s hard lockdown will be extended to September 23, when 70 per cent of the population is expected to have at least one vaccine shot.

“Everything else has to stay in place until on or about September 23,” Mr Andrews said.

The Premier said that date would mark the point where the state reached 70 per cent of its first vaccination dose target.

RESTRICTIONS TO EASE FROM SEPTEMBER 23

• The 5km radius will be expanded to 10km

• Exercise time will increase from two hours a day to three

• Childminding for school-age children will be permitted

• Outdoor communal gym equipment and skate parks will reopen

• Construction sites will be allowed to increase to 50 per cent of capacity