Victoria drops more COVID-19 restrictions for the entertainment sector

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Victoria has relaxed its COVID-19 restrictions for the hospitality and entertainment sectors.

From 6 p.m. tomorrow (Friday), more people will be allowed in entertainment venues and dance floors will return.

The new measures will see the ‘one person per two square meters’ rule dropped.

QR recordings will no longer be required in schools, nurseries, shops and many workplaces, but will remain in hospitality and entertainment venues, which have been dubbed the “vaccinated economy”.

Indoor mask rules will remain, but that rule could change on Friday next week for more workers in a bid to bring more people back into offices.

The state government has also reduced the quarantine period for unvaccinated international visitors and aircrew.

They will now have to stay in hotel quarantine for just seven days, instead of the previous 14-day requirement.

Premier Dan Andrews noted that the number of hospitals was down, allowing for new flexibility.

“The trend is good. The trend is positive,” he told a news conference this morning, but noted that despite the declines “you would never describe this as easy”.

“That’s exactly what we said we would do,” he added. “We would have rules for not a moment longer than they were needed.”

When dance floors were banned in Victoria on January 10, there were 818 people in the state hospitalized with COVID-19, up from 401 today.

78 of those currently hospitalized with COVID-19 are in intensive care and 16 are ventilated.

The state recorded 8,501 new cases today.

93% of the state’s population ages 12 and older have received two doses of the vaccine.

For those aged 18 and over, 53% received a third dose of vaccine.