Vic snapshot of rule easing, COVID numbers

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RESTRICTIONS TO EASE IN VICTORIA FROM 11.59PM ON THURSDAY:

* No gathering restrictions in homes or public places

* Almost all density and capacity limits scrapped including in hospitality venues

* Visitors still limited to hospital and care facilities, even to fully vaccinated

* Dancefloors open to fully vaccinated

* Masks no longer required in most workplaces such as offices but still needed for customers and workers for indoor retail stores, hospitality workers, primary school staff and visitors and for students in years three to six

* Masks must also be worn in health, aged care and justice facilities, and in ride-share vehicles, taxis or on public transport

* Only fully vaccinated people can visit non-essential retail shops unless aged under 12 years and two months or holding a valid exemption

* Indoor and outdoor events can host a fully vaccinated crowd up to 30,000

* Larger outdoor capacity events need to publish a COVID-safe plan, while indoor events need one-off government approval of their plan

* Density and cap limits as well as mask restrictions remain for weddings, funerals and places of worship if vaccine status is not checked

ISOLATION CHANGES:

* Positive COVID-19 cases required to isolate for 10 days instead of 14

* Fully vaccinated, non-household close contacts required to get a PCR test and only isolate until they receive a negative result

* Fully vaccinated, household contacts with more than four hours contact only have to isolate for seven days instead of 14

* Children under 12 considered fully vaccinated if the rest of their household is double-dosed

* Workers exposed at work and children exposed at school or early childhood centres must show proof of a negative PCR test result to return

* Deep cleaning of businesses no longer mandatory

* Exposure sites will not be published online, replaced by alert notifications on Services Victoria app

* Cases required to inform workplace, school or childcare of their positive result, with workplaces identifying and notifying contacts

VICTORIA'S CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

* 1007 new locally acquired cases

* 12 deaths

* 13,814 active cases in the state

* 337 people in hospital

* In ICU 63 are actively infected, 65 cleared and 34 on ventilators

* 72,270 tests in the 24 hours to Thursday morning

* 6315 vaccinations administered at state-run hubs

* 88 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over are fully vaccinated.

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