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Warrnambool Set For Trial

Warrnambool Set For Trial

Up to 20 Vaccinated Economy Trials to be conducted across 6 regional areas

The Victorian Government has today announced it will conduct trials in businesses and events across highly vaccinated parts of regional Victoria.

The move is part of helping the state to open progressively as a vaccinated economy, when key double-dose thresholds are met in the Roadmap.

Up to 20 vaccinated economy trials will test systems and support in the fortnight before Victoria is aiming to reach the key 70 per cent full vaccination mark on 26 October.

Scheduled to start from 11 October, it is anticipated the trials will cover hospitality, hairdressing, beauty services and tourism businesses, and events such as race meetings, community celebrations and concerts – allowing higher patron numbers with all attendees confirmed as being fully vaccinated.

As regional areas with high vaccination rates and low or no COVID-19 cases the Bass Coast, Greater Bendigo, Pyrenees, Warrnambool, Buloke and East Gippsland municipalities will be the first invited to participate in the trials.

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The Government will work with local councils and industry bodies to help identify suitable businesses and events for the important fact-finding exercises.

The trials will confirm the best processes for establishing vaccination status, with work underway on how Commonwealth vaccination data can be best integrated with the Service Victoria app.

Pending the outcomes of the first phase, a second phase of trials using 80 per cent double dose settings will be held, prior to Victoria achieving that threshold.

The progress of these trials will be subject to health advice and ensuring the safety of regional communities from any potential COVID-19 infections.

These trials will be used to hold larger events in metropolitan Melbourne to test the systems and technologies with larger crowd sizes.

Training for staff, supports for business owners and public communication of vaccine requirements will also be part of the trials.

Support officers will be deployed on the ground to ensure trials run smoothly and participating businesses receive the assistance they need.

For more information on Victoria’s roadmap to reopening, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au

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