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Victorians hit 80% first COVID vaccine dose: what does this mean for you?

Victoria hit the 80% first dose vaccination mark for the population aged over 16 on September 29.

This means some restrictions are easing. Here’s what can you now do.

Lockdown radius expands

In Melbourne and regional areas in lockdown, the 10-kilometre travel restriction today becomes a 15km travel restriction.

This means you can travel a little further for essential shopping or to exercise.

Recreation a focus of eased restrictions

In metropolitan Melbourne and regional areas in lockdown, contactless recreation is now allowed.

This includes activities like boating and sports like tennis and golf.

At gyms, personal training is now possible in groups of up to five fully vaccinated people in an outdoor space with a vaccinated trainer.

Changes for regional Victoria

In areas of regional Victoria which are not in lockdown, hospitality venues will see the cap on diners increase from 20 to 30 people outdoors.

While facials and beard trimming are back, masks can now be removed for services that require it.

When do the rules next change?

The Victorian government has announced schools will begin to transition back to onsite learning from October 5, while the next larger change in the COVID-19 rules will occur when 70% of the state has been double vaccinated, which is expected in late October.

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