Victoria faces vaccine passport test

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says 2 million Victorians have now added a digital vaccination certificate to the Service Victoria app.

But he warns that from Friday, “we’ll need it to check in at the pub or to get a haircut – so take two minutes now, and you’ll be good to go”.

More than 100 teams of COVID-19 inspectors will check the vaccine status of Victorians at pubs, clubs, and cafes across the state when people who have had a double-dose are allowed to return to venues on Friday.

“We do have more than 100 teams of authorised officers making sure that our pubs and clubs and cafes are doing the right thing, and that’s an onus on the employers to make sure patrons and staff are double vaccinated,” Mr Merlino said.

He said police enforcement will focus on the border between metro Melbourne and regional Victoria. “You’re able to travel around Melbourne, but we still have that restriction in terms of travelling into regional Victoria,” he said.

However, police union boss Wayne Gatt told radio station 3AW earlier today there is confusion about health directions ahead of the reopening.

“We seem to get them [the directions] at the last minute,” he said.

“That does make it very hard for police command. To be fair to them, it’s hard to provide guidance to your workforce, and it’s a big workforce, if you’re getting them [the directions] at literally the 11th hour.

“We will have members coming onto night shift, for example tonight at 11pm. They’ll be wanting answers, and it’s really hard for Victoria Police to mobilise and to brief them in good time.

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