The Boxing Day Test and Australian Open are set to operate at full capacity for fans after Victorian Premier Daniel Andrew declared his state would be at “Covid normal” from midnight on Thursday.
In a huge boost for the Ashes, a crowd of up to 100,000, fully vaccinated people could now attend the clash between Australia and England.
It was among a raft of changes to come into force as Victoria nears 90 per cent double-dose vaccination, a target expected to be hit at the weekend.
“If you’re fully vaccinated, your life will return back to normal,” Andrews said.
“This milestone is huge, and it means we can get back to something very close to normal life – our state thriving, the MCG packed, businesses open and families back together.
“Victorians have done the hard work, and now we can enjoy a summer doing all the things we love.
“This is the Covid normal that every Victorian has built.”
At 11.59pm tonight restrictions are lifting in Victoria.
There will be no density limits.
No capacity limits.
No restrictions on how many people can visit you at home.
No masks in most places.
And if you want to celebrate – you can hit the dance floor too. pic.twitter.com/POq9jl61e2
— Dan Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) November 17, 2021
It come as Victoria recorded 1007 Covid cases and 12 deaths overnight.
The news is also a positive sign that full crowds will return to the AFL in 2022.
More to come