Andrews aims to end Victoria’s pandemic declaration by July


Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is looking to scrap all remaining Covid restrictions in the state by July when the pandemic declaration is set to expire.

The declaration is due to expire on July 12, with Andrews saying he hopes there will be no need to extend.

“I don’t know what expert advice I’m going to get in the days leading up to the 12th of July,” he said.

“It’s my hope that we don’t need that, or we see something less than that, or we need some other arrangement. That’d be terrific.”

Victoria is the only state or territory with legislation specifically drawn up to deal with a pandemic. It allowed the health minister to restrict movement and other public health orders, instead of leaving those matters to the chief health officer.

Victoria COVID-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar will also be stepping down from his role at the end of the month.

New changes came into effect over the weekend removing many of the previous restrictions.

These included the end of the vaccinated economy with the unvaccinated no longer being barred from venues, close contacts no longer needing to quarantine, an end to quarantine rules for unvaccinated travellers, and events with more than 30,000 people no longer requiring public health pre-approval.