Unvaccinated Victorians could be barred from attending events until “well into 2022” even when the state reaches its 90 per cent vaccination target.
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews has warned that restrictions for unvaccinated people would not be wound back anytime soon despite NSW saying it will ease restrictions for unvaccinated residents on December 1.
“That doesn’t make any sense to me in any event and we won’t be doing that here,” he said.
“Why would you get the system going, have the thing up and running and then essentially pull down all of the architecture that you’ve built, the culture that you’ve changed – why would you change that four or five weeks later?
“For example, the Grand Prix is in April, I don’t think there will be crowds at the Grand Prix made up of people who have not been double dosed.”
Andrews warned that unvaccinated Victorians will not be able to simply “wait for five weeks” before they can go out to venues.
“I cannot put a day on it … it will not be when we reach 90%,” he said. “It will not be anytime soon. That is going to function for a period of time, well into 2022.”
He also warned that proof of vaccination will also be required even after restrictions were removed completely.
The hard line on vaccinations has also been extended to large sporting events, with events such as the Australian Open also looking to require players to be fully jabbed.
“I don’t think an unvaccinated tennis player is going to get a visa to come into this country. And if they did get a visa, they would probably have to quarantine for a couple of weeks,” Andrews said.