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Victoria to welcome live entertainment and festivals

Live entertainment and events at music venues, as well as festivals, will be able to go ahead in the Australian state of Victoria without restrictions from next month. 

There are currently restrictions in place in Australia due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In Victoria, music venues will be able to re-open on Friday as the population is due to hit an 80% vaccination rate, which is part of the Government’s roadmap to reopening. However, this will be subject to a limit of one person for every four square metres. 

For indoor seated venues including cinemas and theatres, there will be a 75% capacity limit or one person every four square metres up to 1,000 people.

Outdoor seated and unseated entertainment venues, including stadiums, zoos and tourism attractions, will be open with a limit of one person for every two square metres up to 5,000 people. However, these patrons must be fully vaccinated. 

As of Friday, events such as music festivals will be able to host up to 5,000 ticket holders subject to any venue-related restrictions. 

Once the state hits a 90% vaccination rate, which is currently predicted for November 24, venues will be able to host events at maximum capacity. This also applies to music festivals. 

The roadmap stated: “Venues can operate at a maximum capacity subject to vaccination requirements and COVIDSafe measures.”

And for major events it said: “Events may proceed with no attendee caps or density limits for the fully vaccinated. State significant venues hosting major events will need to have one-off approval of their COVIDSafe venue plan.

“Events with significant numbers of children may not be able to operate at full capacity while vaccines remain unavailable for children.”

A COVIDSafe plan is where businesses create an outline which demonstrates what is being done in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

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