Victoria set to scrap QR codes and density limits as Andrews softens stance on third jabs

Victoria is set to scrap QR codes and density limits as part of a new roadmap to normality.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews will also ask Victorians to return to their offices with no workplace mask mandates.

From Friday, bars and pubs will be restored to usual business with density limits removed while singing and dancing will also be allowed back.

The 14-day hotel quarantine requirement for non-vaccinated international travellers will also be cut in half.

“We have made it very clear that we will do everything we can to normalise this virus — to push beyond it to get as close to normal living normal activity as we could possibly achieve,” Andrews said.

“That’s always based on health advice. It’s always based on science and the numbers of the day and trends that we see numbers of people in hospital for instance.

“But having seen Omicron peak, and in seeing the numbers continue to fall over these last few weeks, the Minister has made a number of decisions.”

In another encouraging sign that the state is returning to a normal footing, Andrews has softened his stance on any third vaccination mandates.

He had previously stated that if ATAGI recommended that full vaccination status required three jabs he would mandate it in Victoria for both residents and international tourists.

“There comes a point where things become kind of impractical and you’ve got so many different systems operating at once that it doesn’t really work,” he said recently.

“For instance saying to someone, ‘you can’t go to the pub unless you’ve got three jabs’ but the person sitting at the table next to you… from another country has only got two, it kind of gets a bit hard to justify.”