In light of yesterday’s spike in case numbers – when the state recorded 1438 new locally acquired infections – Premier Daniel Andrews has announced new measures “so we can defend and deliver our road map for reopening”.

In a press conference on Friday morning, he introduced a vaccine mandate for all authorised workers in Victoria. By October 15, authorised workers must have had at least one dose of a Covid vaccine; they must be fully vaccinated by November 26.

It applies to all holders of an authorised worker permit, who fit into these government-specified categories, and are unable to do their essential work from home. That encapsulates supermarket staff, construction workers, journalists and more.

“This is critically important to keep the case numbers down so that we can open up on October 26, get our freedom back, get the economy going again, and deliver the national plan,” Andrews said.

It comes after the state recorded 1143 new locally acquired cases today.