Victoria counts down to end of lockdown on Thursday

Victoria will see months of restrictions lift on Thursday night when 70 per cent of eligible residents are fully vaccinated.

“Victorians have sacrificed so much to protect their families, friends and the whole community from coronavirus – and have saved countless lives because of it,” said Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews

“The milestone we’re about to hit marks a new and hopeful path for the whole state – allowing businesses to reopen and Victorians to get back to things they love.”

Those in metropolitan Melbourne will see an end to the curfew and be able to travel beyond a 15-kilometre travel radius. However, movement between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne will only be allowed for permitted reasons until the 80 per cent threshold is reached.

“There is the world of difference between 80 per cent protection and 70 per cent,” said Andrews.

“That can change but it’s not quite right now.”

Most outdoor settings will open with up to 50 fully vaccinated people per venue but are subject to density limits.

Indoor venues will be able to reopen with up to 20 fully vaccinated people with density limits.

Masks will still be required both indoors and outdoors for all Victorians until the 80 per cent threshold is reached.

In regional Victoria, indoor settings will increase from 10 to 30 people per venue, while outdoor venues will increase from 20 to up to 100 people per venue.