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Crowds of 10,000 vaccinated patrons will also be able to attend Flemington on Oaks Day and Stakes Day.

The testing of new check-in technology will be a precursor to the system to be rolled out more broadly when Victoria reaches 80 percent dual vaccination for people over 16 years of age.

Regional Victorians will first have their vaccine passport technology tested at 14 companies in six local government areas from Monday.

The companies include cinemas, hotels and cafes as well as a gym, church and a beauty clinic and will have access to a larger number of fully vaccinated Victorians.

Customers must present proof of vaccination using the Service Victoria app on their smartphone.

Participants in the trial are spread across the Bass Coast, Warrnambool, Buloke Shire, Greater Bendigo, Pyrenees Shire and East Gippsland local government areas.

Body Fit Training Bendigo owner Reece Tuohey said the lawsuit would provide an indication of how life could return to something more familiar after the massive disruption caused by lockdowns.

“It’s the closest thing’s to feeling normal in the last few months, and a sense of what the new normal will look like,” he said.

The company will continue to run outdoor training for people who have not yet had a chance to be vaccinated. But it will now be able to accommodate 24 customers inside and 12 outside.

Tuohey said the new system would allow customers to check in and confirm their vaccination status at the same time.

“You are not creating another step, you just need to enforce the rules a little more.”

Professor Bennett said these trials would test more common, local transmissions.

“These attempts are not about saying ‘we had someone to pass on the virus, we can’t open cafes,'” she said. “It’s about saying what is the risk of opening cafes, if one person is positive, but most people are vaccinated, what does it look like?

“Can we just let it run and not worry about it unless we see a cluster of transmission, or it’s in that part of society with low vaccination rates.”

Creative Industries and Government Services Minister Danny Pearson said Monday that Victorians would be able to incorporate their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate with the Services Victoria app, to check in at a venue or event while confirming their vaccination status.

The trial includes the concert scheduled for the Sidney Myer Music Bowl on October 30 with thousands of fans, subject to approval by Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton. No details have been released on who will perform, the government has only said it will be Victorian artists.

Music Victoria director Simone Schinkel said she was “super excited” about the concert.

Mrs Schinkel said Pearson had called her Sunday morning to tell her. “I’m more than happy with those kinds of announcements about making some kind of live music happen again,” she said.

“It’s exciting to see events happening again, in one form or another,” she said. “It’s so nice to have music back.”

Another source for the music industry said the Mushroom Group would “likely” be involved in the concert, but that little was known yet about the details, including what a number might be.

Professor Bennett said the concert could provide a good insight into how events could work while the virus is in the community, as it was still not clear whether the current outbreak has reached its peak yet.

“It means you have a greater chance of people going, even if they are fully vaccinated, may have been infected because you have a stronger infectious power in society,” Professor Bennett said.

“But these incidents are better tested if there is a chance that someone is contagious, so you can actually see what happened if it is a problem for others.”

A green bar with a check mark indicates that the user’s vaccination certificate on the Services app is legitimate.

“Colored holograms that move can be seen on the check-in screens, so venues know it’s genuine, making it much harder to decay a check-in screen,” he said.

Mr Pearson insisted the Victorian government would not have access to data linked to a person’s Medicare account.

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Premier Daniel Andrews said it was an important milestone to bring crowds back to the Melbourne Cup.

“It will be a really important day for every Victorian, I think, and send a message to the rest of the country and indeed the world that we are open,” he said.

Race Minister Martin Pakula said that if 80 per cent of eligible Victorians had not been double-vaccinated by Melbourne Cup Day — on November 2 — then a radius of 25 kilometers would apply.

“I controlled my own distance from the racetrack. I think I’m 23 miles from Flemington. But the fact is that VRC has tens of thousands of members and many more than 10,000 would live in that radius, ”he said.

“This is not particularly different from the situation on Boxing Day last year, where there was a limit of 30,000. This meant that not all MCC members could enter on day one; they gave some the opportunity to go day two, day three and beyond. ”

The VRC had proposed hosting 11,500 on each of the four days, but Mr Pakula said the public health advisory panel believed 10,000 was the safe number to approve, especially when the number of people was approved in three race days over five days.

Pakula said they also had to consider a number to keep racing industry participants, such as coaches and jockeys, safe.

Race Minister Martin Pakula says crowds of 10,000 will be able to take part in carnival race days in the Melbourne Cup.

Race Minister Martin Pakula says crowds of 10,000 will be able to take part in carnival race days in the Melbourne Cup.Credit:Scott McNaughton

“There’s going to be a pretty tough zone between patrons and participants, and that’s really important to the security of the industry,” he said.

“We do not want to see any of the participants catch this thing because it could endanger the rest of the carnival.”

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Andrews said the government was aware of the burdens on venues, but many, like pubs, were already used to checking customer ID and refusing to serve people who had drunk too much. He said Victorians should assume the vaccination system would be in place for at least the duration of the summer.

Victoria registered 1890 new coronavirus cases on Sunday – 1889 local cases and one in an international traveler in hotel quarantine.

Five people died: a man in his 50s from Melbourne, a man in his 50s from Brimbank, two men in his 70s, one from Maribyrnong and one from Wyndham, and a woman in her 80s from Yarra.

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86 percent of eligible Victorians have now received a vaccine dose, while 58 percent of people over the age of 16 have received two injections.

Victoria is on track to reach 70 per cent double vaccination rate on 26 October and 80 per cent on 5 November.

Aging over the weekend, the government revealed it was considering downscaling powers from the health chief and giving the health minister authority to sign legally binding public health directives.

On Sunday, Mr Andrews said that when Victoria began to reach its vaccination targets, dealing with the pandemic would no longer be just about a health crisis, and the response should reflect that.

“They are financial orders, they are social orders, they are a set of rules and a plan and a roadmap that is much broader,” Andrews said of the future COVID-19 management.

“In many ways, it would be unfair to ask someone who is an excellent public health expert to have to balance all these things … It’s a broader picture, a broader view that one should have.”

With Sumeyya Ilanbey

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