Tue. Aug 9th, 2022

An important test of Victoria’s readiness to live below the “COVID normal” begins today when a vaccine passport trial begins.

The trial will be the first taste of life under a vaccine pass system, and its success will pave the way for major events, including a live music concert later this month and a crowd of 10,000 fans at the Melbourne Cup.

Victoria's Prime Minister Dan Andrews on Sunday.

Victoria’s Prime Minister Dan Andrews on Sunday.Credit:Scott McNaughton

In a typical year, the Cup attracts up to 100,000 people, but VRC chairman Neil Wilson welcomed the 10,000 limit.

“We are happy for 10,000 people. We think that is a large number. We have had over 10,000 people on our course in the past, so we know we can handle 10,000 people in a COVID-safe environment, and we are really looking forward to Cup Day restarting major events in Melbourne, ”said Wilson.

Epidemiologist from Deakin University Catherine Bennett said it made sense to try big events outdoors, but she warned that the October 30 concert at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl would happen when “there is going to be a lot of viruses in the community” “.

More about Victoria’s plans here.

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