The Australian city of Melbourne will emerge from the blockade imposed in late October to fight COVID-19, if the target of 70 percent of the vaccinated adult population is reached, according to a “map” published today.
About five million Melbourne residents have been ordered to stay at home since 5 August.
This is the sixth blockade since the beginning of the pandemic.
“The blockade order will be lifted when 70 per cent of people over the age of 16 are fully immunized, a target that is expected to be reached around October 26,” said authorities in the state of Victoria, which includes Melbourne.
“The blockade will end, but a number of restrictions will remain in place,” said Dan Andrews, Victoria’s prime minister.
Restaurants and bars will be allowed to reopen, but only with a maximum of 50 people fully vaccinated, sitting outside, while the ban on home visits will remain in force.
Once the vaccination rate reaches 80 percent, which is scheduled for November 5, Melbourne’s fully vaccinated residents will have more freedom, including removing masks outside, hosting up to 10 visitors at home and working in presence in offices.
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