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Victoria’s reopening plan keeps venues closed until October 26

The Victorian government in Australia has detailed plans for reopening, with all entertainment venues to remain closed until at least October 26.

The Roadmap for Reopening requires live events to remain under wraps throughout the first two stages of the plan.

The state’s capital city of Melbourne will remain under stage 4 lockdown measures until September 28, with some relaxation from September 13, including a later curfew of 9pm, instead of 8pm, according to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.

On October 26, Victoria, which has been at the epicentre of the country’s COVID-19 crisis accounting for 90 per cent of Australia’s 753 deaths, will move into stage 3 of its restart plan if cases remain low, which will permit outdoor entertainment venues to reopen with capacity restrictions in place.

The final stage in the plan will see indoor and outdoor venues open with density quotient and patron caps on November 23, provided the state has no new cases for 14 days.

The last phase will see the capacity for public outdoor gatherings rise to 50 people and large events will be treated on an individual basis based on “requirements and epidemiology” at the time.

Victoria will then move to Covid Normal when there have been no new cases for 28 days (state-wide), no active cases (state-wide) and no outbreaks of concern in other states or territories.

This move will lift all restrictions, meaning all entertainment venues can reopen with “safety measures and record-keeping” in place.