Victoria is expected to hit 90 percent of adults with a first dose of the vaccine by Wednesday and 70 percent double vaccinated on Thursday. The state’s lockdown is due to end on Friday, with the target of 80% double vaccines expected in the days leading up to the Melbourne Cup.
The Victoria Racing Club are hoping for a crowd of 10,000 at the Derby Day on Saturday, October 30, if the 80% target can be reached early, but say they need certainty by this weekend. Insiders rate this chance at 50-50.
But the VRC was to announce on Wednesday that 70% of its 10,000 Melbourne Cup tickets will go to members to reward them for all their support during the pandemic.
Most of the other tickets will go to corporate sponsors, with Penfolds stepping in to support Derby Day after the AAMI is withdrawn, plus around 800 for race owners.
Only about 500 tickets are expected to be made available to the general public next week at $ 120 a ticket for a reserved seat. Participants must wear a mask and be doubly vaccinated.
“There is no doubt that there will be disappointment,” said VRC President Neil Wilson.
Meanwhile, Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has made it clear that world No.1 tennis player Novak Djokovic will not be allowed to play at next year’s Australian Open unless he is fully vaccinated.
“I don’t think an unvaccinated tennis player will get a visa to enter this country,” he said on Tuesday.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke confirmed on Wednesday morning that any sports star hoping to compete in Australia this summer should have received both doses of a TGA-approved vaccine.
“Our health advice is that when we open the borders everyone who comes to Australia will need to be doubly vaccinated,” Hawke told ABC National Radio.
Mr Frydenberg reaffirmed his criticism that Victoria did not offer the same freedoms as NSW to the same vaccination goals.
His comments came after a scathing opinion piece in Age by former Deputy National Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth and epidemiologist Catherine Bennett, who warned that “interpreting inconclusive evidence conservatively” had become the hallmark of the Victorian approach.
“Two of Australia’s leading medical experts have made a powerful intervention in the debate on easing restrictions in Victoria,” Mr Frydenberg said. The Australian Financial Review.
“They point out that when it comes to Victoria and NSW,” the two states are similar enough that they can come out of lockdown at the same rate determined by the vaccination target. “
Call to reconsider the reopening of retail businesses
“Unfortunately, this is not the case as Victorians are being denied the same freedoms the people of NSW received at a 70% vaccination rate. The sooner we allow businesses to reopen, the sooner our economy will restart. “
Australian retailer Clark Rubber chief executive Anthony Grice is backing the call for the Victorian government to reconsider including retail as part of the plan to reopen the 70% vaccination rate.
With 11 stores in Melbourne, Mr Grice said small business operators are “bleeding” and that the suggestion that they could move their stock “out” to open up to trade was “absurd and cruel.”
He said the government’s latest offer of $ 2,000 to help retailers move outside showed a complete lack of understanding of the industry and the detailed requirements to make it a possibility.
“Our franchisees are hard-working small business owners every day who have lost so much since the start of the pandemic. They can’t just move their stocks outside and set up in parking lots, ”he said.