Victorians get their freedoms back

Almost all restrictions for fully vaccinated people are being lifted in Victoria.

Victoria’s Health Minister Martin Foley has announced an overhaul of the state’s isolation rules which have left thousands of Victorians isolating as close contacts at any one time.

“From 11:59pm tonight, the vast majority of people who come into contact with a confirmed case, outside of their home context, won’t have to do self quarantine,” he said.

“They will have to receive a standard PCR test, and isolate until they get that negative result. That means that in an office, restaurant, nightclub, any of those areas you won’t automatically have to quarantine all patrons, all the staff who were previously designated primary close contacts… as long as your test negative, you are free to go about your lifestyle.”

Victoria’s acting chief health officer Ben Cowie cautions that significant levels of COVID-19 cases will continue as the state reopens.

The state recorded 1007 cases on Thursday.

“As a consequence, we are, as the Premier said, letting go of almost all restrictions to fully vaccinated Victorians. For some people, I think for a lot of us, this will be a period of adjustment, and I totally understand that we will have to take time to get used to the new settings that do inform and guide these freedoms that we are talking about,” he said.

“We are living in a safe, balanced way, so that we can enjoy living in a safe and open society. And a vaccinated society. This means as the Premier and Minister said, we will see ongoing transmission… in the community, there will be significant cases as we go forward.”

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