Victorian premier Daniel Andrews declared restrictions for the unvaccinated will continue on into 2022.
Speaking at a news conference Tuesday, Andrews commented he’s unsure why the state of New South Wales has set a timetable for easing restrictions on the unvaccinated, but that it won’t be happening in Victoria.
“That doesn’t make any sense to me in any event and we won’t be doing that here,” he said.
“Why would you get the system going, why would you have the thing up and running and then essentially pull down all of the architecture that you’ve built, the culture that you’ve changed – why would you change that four or five weeks later? We will not be doing that here.”
“I’m not going to say to someone, just wait it out, just wait for five weeks and then you will be able to the pub,” Andrews said.
“No, if you make the judgement not to get vaccinated and you reckon you can wait out us, or the public, or whoever you want to think you’re waiting out, you won’t wait out the virus cause the virus will be here for a long time and your only protection against it is being vaccinated.”
“This will be well into 2022… well and truly into 2022,” the Australian premier outlined, next describing how the state of Victoria will go after booster dose refusers.
“Then we’re gonna get into booster issues, so it won’t be your first and second dose, it’ll be, ‘Have you had your third?”
“And then the other issue will be well who knows what variant’s coming?” Andrews added.
Asked when he expects to ease lockdown restrictions, the premier admitted, “I cannot put a day on it … it will not be when we reach 90%. It will not be anytime soon. That is going to function for a period of time, well into 2022.”
“For example, the Grand Prix is in April, I don’t think there will be crowds at the Grand Prix made up of people who have not been double dosed,” he said.
The premier added that no one should think they could out-wait the mandates.
“Please don’t play that game of ‘Let’s just wait them out, and then we’ll be able to do everything we want to do and then have not got jabbed.’ No, that will not be the case here, and if you make that choice it will be a very long wait and you won’t out-wait this virus. If you’re not vaccinated you’ll get it and you’ve got every chance of becoming very, very unwell.”
Victoria has been on lockdown for over 70 days, with travel restricted to essential travel only, restrictions on why one can leave their home, restrictions on home visits, restrictions on patrons dining in a restaurant, restrictions on what businesses can be open, as well as restrictions on in-person classroom education.
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