Aussie state makes huge Covid vaccine change

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Tasmania has become the latest state to introduce a vaccine mandate.

Premier Peter Gutwein told reporters on Friday, from Monday residents will need to be fully vaccinated to enter a pub or club.

“To enter a licensed venue where there is stand up drinking you’ll need to be fully vaccinated or have a medical exemption,” Mr Gutwein said.

“We’ve really simplified this. So, if it’s a pub or a club and it’s a bar and you can stand up and drink then you’ll need to be vaccinated to go in.”

Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein speaks to the media during a coronavirus briefing in Hobart.
Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein has announced changes to requirements for getting into pubs. Source: AAP

Mr Gutwein said the rule will apply to festivals and events where there is stand up drinking with more than 250 people indoors and more than 500 outdoors.

Venues will be given a sign to display to remind patrons of the rule, he said.

From December 15, staff at these venues will also need to be fully vaccinated.

Shoppers are seen at the Salamanca Markets in Hobart.
People at Hobart's Salamanca Markets after restrictions were lifted last year. Source: AAP

“The owner or operator for licensed venues must ensure that each person who attends and enters the venue is notified that the person is required to be vaccinated, that’s the requirement for the owner,” the premier said.

Anyone who breaches the rule could face an on the spot $778 fine.

Tasmania currently has more than 88 per cent of its population over 16 full vaccinated against coronavirus.

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