Melbourne counts down to lock-down’s end

Victoria will pass it’s 70 per cent double-vax target today, triggering a further easing of restrictions in Geelong and the end of Melbourne’s long-running lock-down.

From 11.59 this evening regional Victorians will be permitted to welcome up to ten visitors into their homes, provided all are fully vaccinated.

Limits on outdoor gatherings will increase to 20.

The end of lock-down in Melbourne will bring a raft of changes but most will also be dependent on individual vaccine status.

The ban on Melburnians entering regional Victoria will also remain in place for the time being.

The city’s 9pm curfew will remain in place until midnight, however hospitality staff will be permitted to travel to their place of work to help prepare for reopening.

A survey of what Melbourne residents are looking forward to most has put dining out, shopping and getting a haircut at the top of the list.

Hospitality staff race to vax

Geelong business leaders say a requirement for hospitality workers to be double-jabbed before being allowed to return to work is tough on the industry.

The news has caused a ripple of frustration although the state government says it’s been common knowledge for some time.

Ben Flynn from the Geelong Chamber of Commerce said it was another hurdle for his members.

“I think businesses are finding the double vaccination conversation hard, not only for their staff but also for their customers,” Mr Ince said.

Venue operators will also be responsible for enforcing a ban on people who are not double-vaxxed from entering their premises.

Mr Flynn said he believed most businesses in Geelong are ready to get back to work.

“We just need to make sure that they’ve got the clarity .. to be able to do what they do best, and that’s to serve customers and carry out their business.”

‘Stay vigilant’ warning as Victoria reopens

Geelong and Surf Coast residents are being encouraged to stay alert as restrictions ease further from midnight.

Health officials say we should brace for an increase in COVID infections as lock-down lifts in Melbourne and restrictions are pulled back in regional Victoria.

Barwon Health spokesperson Clare Winter-Irving told Geelong Broadcasters it was important that locals remember to keep their guard up.

“We encourage everyone to please continue with COVID-safe measures including QR Code check-ins, hand hygiene measures, social distancing and mask-wearing,” she told Geelong Broadcasters.

Ms Winter-Irving said local demand for vaccinations remains strong.

“Over 95 per cent of Geelong residents have now received their first dose, which is incredible.

“The community have done a great job to get vaccination numbers up as quickly as we have.”

New Tier 1 site as numbers creep higher

A South Geelong gym has been added to the list of local Tier One exposure sites as the number of active infections in Geelong climbs to 237.

Luce Fit Australia, located in Balliang Street, South Geelong, was visited by a positive case on Monday October 11 between 4.15pm and 5.30pm.

Anyone who was at the facility at the specified time is required to get tested and to isolate for 14 days, regardless of their test result.

21 new cases were recorded in Geelong yesterday and one on the Surf Coast.

Wyndham added another 163 new infections, taking its active tally to 1,678.

School outbreak climbs to 6

Lara Primary School will welcome staff and students back tomorrow despite the number of active COVID-19 infections at the site rising to six.

The school, which has a current enrollment of almost 380 students, has been closed for nine days since the outbreak was first detected on October 12.

Principal Joel Riddle emailed parents late yesterday to advise them of the latest case.

“If there is a positive to come out of this, all primary close contacts were already in isolation (they have been contacted) and the only thing affected was the length of the isolation period,” the email read.

But this morning the school notified parents that classes will resume tomorrow, apart from staff and students who are considered close contacts and who are still in isolation.

Masks will be required for all staff and visitors, as well as students in years three to six, and recommended for younger children.

There will be a strong focus on sanitation including daily cleaning, and finishing times will be staggered. 

Local exposure sites – Updated 0900, October 21, 2021 (NOTE: DHHS no longer publishes all exposure sites).
Latest additions in bold type.

South Geelong, Luce Fit Australia
1/29 Balliang Street
11/10/2021
4.15PM-5.30PM
1*

South Geelong, Ultimate Muay Thai – Everlasting Gym
1 Victoria Street
7/10/2021
6.15PM-8PM
1*

Geelong, Commun  Ne Feine
209 Bellerine Street
6/10/2021
5.30PM-7.30PM
1*

Geelong, Commun  Ne Feine
209 Bellerine Street
7/10/2021
5.30PM-7.30PM
1*

Geelong, Upstate Studios Geelong
205 Morabool Street
7/10/2021
1.10AM-10.45AM
1*

Geelong, Upstate Studios Geelong
205 Morabool Street
7/10/2021
4PM-6.45PM
1*

Geelong, 2Cousins Shisha Hookah Lounge & Cafe
130 Moorabool Street
9/10/2021
12AM-2PM
1*

Grovedale, Grovedale Hotel Gaming Room
236 Torquay Road
12/10/2021
10.15AM-1.30PM
1*

Grovedale, Groove Train
Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre
8/10/2021
10.40AM-12.15PM
1*

Grovedale, Groove Train
Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre
9/10/2021
1.30PM-3PM
1*

Newtown, St Lord’s Gaming Room (Lord of the Isles)
3 West Fyans Street
8/10/2021
12.20PM-3.30PM
1*

Ocean Grove, Feed me Bellarine
24 Sinclair Street
7/1/2021
9AM-3.30PM
2*

Ocean Grove, Feed me Bellarine
24 Sinclair Street
8/1/2021
8AM-10PM
2*

Ocean Grove, Feed me Bellarine
24 Sinclair Street
9/1/2021
9AM-4.30PM
2*

Ocean Grove, Feed me Bellarine
24 Sinclair Street
12/1/2021
7.30AM-11.30AM
2*

Ocean Grove, Feed me Bellarine
24 Sinclair Street
13/1/2021
9AM-4.30PM
2*

Ocean Grove, Feed me Bellarine
24 Sinclair Street
14/1/2021
9AM-4.30PM
2*

Point Wilson, Austrak Concrete Factory
570 Dandos Road
9/10/2021
6.30AM-3.30PM
1*

Point Wilson, Cotton On Distribution Centre
260 Beach Road
6/10/2021
7AM-9AM
1*

Torquay, Two Sugars
37 The Esplanade
6/10/2019
8PM-10PM
1*

Torquay, Bomboras
37 The Esplenade
6/10/2021
11.50AM-12.50PM
1*

Winchelsea, Winchelsea Hotel
20 Willis Street
10/10/2021
1PM-2.45PM
2*

Tier 1: Get tested immediately, qurantine for 14 days from date of exposure
Tier 2: Get tested urgently, ioslate until you have a negative test result

Picture: Supplied

 

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