Premier Daniel Andrews announced that fully vaccinated international arrivals coming into Victoria will no longer need to quarantine – at home or in a hotel – from November 1.
“They’ll be able to go home if they are double-vaxxed and if they have tested before the flight and if they get a test within 24 hours of arriving home,” he said in today’s press conference.
Hotel quarantine will be reduced to “to just a handful of hotels” which will be used for people who are not vaccinated. Premier Andrews confirmed there’ll still be rules around mask-wearing and other density concerns “and just common sense will have to drive us”.
It comes after the state celebrated a milestone 70 per cent double-vaxxed and the end of the world’s longest lockdown. Andrews confirmed it’s likely Victoria will reach 80 per cent within two weeks.
“No hotel quarantine, no iso – you’ll be able to go about your business. And the reason for that is that, at 80 per cent, 90 per cent – which is where we’re going to get to – we are as protected as we can be,” he said.
“This won’t be over. But we will be as protected as we can be. And that’s all down to the amazing work that Victorians have done.”
Andrews also confirmed 90.5 per cent of Victorians have now had a first dose vaccine, saying that the state is on track to become one of the most vaccinated parts of the country.