The impending 90 per cent milestone meant almost all of Victoria’s remaining COVID-19 rules were able to fade into history from midnight on Thursday, with Mr Andrews lauding the state as “one of the most vaccinated places in the world”.
“And that means we are one of the safest places in the world. And we should be one of the proudest places in the world,” he said when he revealed restrictions would be wound back.
The country’s travel bubble with Singapore came into effect on Sunday, with Australian jurisdictions including Victoria and NSW welcoming back fully vaccinated Singaporean travellers without the need for quarantine.
To qualify for inclusion in the travel bubble, Singaporeans had to depart from Singapore, although there was no requirement for them to have spent 14 days in the city before they came to Australia.
They had to return a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of their departure.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison, when he announced the travel bubble at the start of this month, said it was “another significant milestone in our step by step approach to safely reopening to the world”.
He described Singapore as among Australia’s top 10 travel destinations. “This is the billion-dollar boost that Australia’s tourism industry has been waiting for,” the Prime Minister said.
Fully vaccinated Australians are already allowed to visit Singapore without quarantining.