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Restrictions Update

Restrictions Update

The Premier Has Flagged An Easing For The Region

The South West and the majority of Regional Victoria has today been provided some hope, that the lockdown will be able to end next week.

It comes as Victoria's Chief Health Officer, outlined a lengthy road out of restrictions for metropolitan areas, which is unlikely to see any modest changes until September 23.

That date is tied to an expected point, that 70 per cent of Victorians will have had at least one dose of vaccine.

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, said while putting Shepparton to one side, they hope to have more to say for a lockdown exit in the coming week.

"We think we will be able to end the lockdown in the rest of regional victoria next week, exactly when we will confirm when we can" he said.

"The nature of that ending of the lockdown, there will be an opening up, but there will be signifciant restrictions, substantial restrictions on what can occur"

"And of course no-one other than those who are authorised will be able to go to regional victoria from metropolitan Melbourne".

As for what changes from 11:59pm tomorrow night, playgrounds will re-open across the state for children under 12 with only one parent or carer.

Also some slight changes will be made to in-home care such as babysitters, which expands to school aged children but only if both parents are authorised workers.

A return to the classroom in term 3 has been ruled out for Metropolitan schools, but the Premier said the status for regional Victorian schools will likely be detailed early next week.

He also announced a vaccination blitz for, to ensure senior students sitting year 12 exams have certainty and are ready for exams.

From Tuesday 7 September until Friday 17 September, a priority vaccination program will be put in place.

As part of this program, year 12 students will be given priority booking access at our state-run clinics, as will their teachers and examiners.

Students and teachers will need to book an appointment, as walk ups are not available as part of this blitz.

Students and teachers will be able to book one of these priority appointments from Monday 6th September.

The Department of Health and the Department of Education will work directly with schools, and students and parents will receive the advice on how to arrange a booking through their schools.

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