The decision by the Victorian government to allow up to 10,000 double-vaccinated fans to take part in this year’s Melbourne Cup has sparked heated debate on social media.
It will be Victorian citizens who have had both of their Covid-19 jabs could participate in the Melbourne Cup and live music within a few weeks during a large-scale rehearsal with the crowd.
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About 10,000 racing fans will be able to take part in the ‘race that stops a nation’ on November 2, while Oaks Day and Stakes Day will be allowed to get people of the same size.
There will also be a live music event at the Sydney Myer Music Bowl on October 30 with thousands of people in the audience.
“The Melbourne Cup crowd is a guaranteed crowd, it’s part of a lawsuit,” said Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.
“We would hope that by then we had passed 80 percent double dosing and we can at that time confirm that the last two events of the carnival, Melbourne Cup Carnival, Oaks Day and Stakes Day, will also have crowds of up to 10,000 people. ”
Premier said the events send an important signal of change in the coming months.
“We are going to normalize this virus, we are going to move through this difficult gateway, we are going to open up and we are going to go back to doing what we do best,” he told reporters.
The events are part of a large-scale study of how the state’s economy will function when it reaches 80 percent vaccination thresholds – expected to be around 5 November.
The prime minister’s announcement came after Victoria registered 1890 new locally acquired cases on Sunday – painfully close to an alarming milestone of 2,000 daily infections never reached by any state or territory.
Perhaps it is not surprising that the decision to allow crowds at the Melbourne Cup has been met with a mixed response from the Australian public, with many praising a
Daily Covid-19 cases remain high in Victoria
Expectations were that the state would be the first to exceed 2,000 reported cases in a single day after record-breaking 1965 infections on Saturday along with five deaths.
Sunday’s slightly lower numbers come as Victoria handles more than 18,340 active cases.
Nearly 40,000 vaccines were administered across the state on Saturday, while 74,105 tests were performed.
Meanwhile, tracing efforts across the state have been reduced to focusing on positive cases and primary contacts.
About 16,000 secondary contacts will be allowed to leave solitary confinement this weekend as authorities change their processes to manage the escalating case numbers.
Primary contacts are asked to isolate themselves away from the rest of their household, and secondary contacts are encouraged to be tested if they show symptoms.
Vaccination rates continue to rise in Victoria. As of Friday night, 85 percent of those over 16 had a dose, and 57 percent were fully vaccinated.
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