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Gyms to re-open

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Gyms can re-open from Saturday

The Premier has this afternoon confirmed some changes for Regional Victoria, as the state gets set to hit the 70 per cent first dose vaccination target tomorrow

From 11.59pm Friday night, there will also be some changes to COVIDSafe settings in regional Victoria, excluding the City of Ballarat which entered lockdown yesterday.

In regional Victoria, gyms and outdoor and indoor pools (excluding spas, saunas and steam rooms) will reopen with limits, hydrotherapy and swimming lessons can occur.

A link to the update public health graphic can be found via the State Government release.

The other major change which was announced, will see a requirement for the State's Construction Industry.

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Public health officials have become increasingly concerned about COVID-19 transmission and exposure in construction settings, with evidence that it emerging as a ‘vector’ of the virus into regional areas.

In order to continue working, construction workers state-wide will need to show evidence to their employer that they have had a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 11:59pm Thursday, 23 September.

Limited medical exemptions and proof-of-booking exceptions will apply, in line with previous requirements for residential aged care workers.

In light of the cases seeding from Melbourne into regional Victoria, construction workers will now not be able to cross the metropolitan-regional boundary for work.

Tea rooms will need to close and food or drink will not be able to be consumed indoors at work.

Worker shift bubbles must be in practice and all sites will require a COVIDSafe Marshal on site.

Victorians can book their vaccination appointment at a state-run centre by visiting portal.cvms.vic.gov.au.

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