The Victorian government will allow 10,000 fully vaccinated people to participate in the Melbourne Cup on November 2 as part of a trial of the state’s “vaccinated economy” plan to reopen.
State Premier Daniel Andrews announced plans to have spectators at the race, in what he called a “very, very detailed anti-Covid plan” as well as plans for “several thousand” vaccinated people to attend a concert. of live music at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl on 30 October.
Andrews said having crowds at the Melbourne Cup “will send a message” about Victoria’s reopening after the state endured two tumultuous years of long-lasting Covid lockdowns.
“Whether you are a runner or not, a fan of that sport or not, it will be a really important date for every single Victorian and [will] send a message to the rest of the country and the world that we are open, more open even beyond, but our road map is absolutely our way through this, “he said.
“We as a state, economy and community are open and have done everything we can to fight this virus, being united, having looked at each other, being vaccinated, is the most important part. These are just a few announcements today and there will be many more in terms of Melbourne metropolitan trials ”.
But the announcement came with some caveats. While Victoria is on track to meet the dual vaccination target of 70% on October 26, at the current rate she will not reach 80% until three days after the Melbourne Cup.
If that happened, Victoria’s racing minister Martin Pakula said the state’s 25km radius would be in effect.
“I checked my distance from the track. I think I’m 23km from Flemington, ”he said. “It’s one of the consequences of being in a pandemic.”
The announcements were welcomed by business groups, with Paul Guerra, chief executive of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce and Industry, calling the news “so very Melbourne”.
“This bold move will push Victoria to reclaim our role as the sports and events capital of Australia,” said Guerra.
“The images of the crowds enjoying the spring racing carnival will be broadcast around the world, sending an important signal that Melbourne is back in business.”
The details of the proposed musical concert, however, remained scarce. The Melbourne Arts Center simply said to “look at this space,” while Andrews said he could not yet say how many vaccinated people would be admitted to the event, or who would perform.
“As part of the vaccinated economy studies, there will be several thousand double vaccinated [people] who can attend that live music event, “he said.
“We are the live music capital of our nation. We’ve been there to support them all the way, but they want to go out, perform and do what they do best. This is to entertain and inspire, to question all of us, to be that incredibly soulful part of our city and our state. “
Testing of Victoria’s “vaccinated economy” will begin Monday in six local government areas in the regional parts of the state. This will mean that companies such as cinemas, hotels and cafes will be able to increase the capacity of their premises for fully vaccinated people.
But the news comes as the state’s Covid numbers have continued to rise. The state recorded 1,890 new Covid cases and five further deaths on Sunday. They included two men in their fifties, two in their seventies and a woman in their seventies.
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