New restrictions imposed on COVID-ravaged Victoria
Escalating COVID-19 cases in Victoria have brought about changes to how Victorians will live in the state that has seen more lockdowns than any other jurisdiction in the world.
Limits will be placed on those wanting to visit loved ones residing in nursing homes due to their increased vulnerabilities in high-risk settings as the Omicron variant rips through Victoria.
From Wednesday night hospitality venues will be forced to close their dance floors in another crippling blow to businesses still reeling from losses incurred during Victoria’s 2020 lockdowns.
Dancing at weddings will also be strongly discouraged, with wedding reception venues being directed to opt for outdoor settings to facilitate dancing.
Authorities are also agitating for the return of seated-only services for patrons in bars, cafes and nightclubs.
The changes to daily life in Victoria have been spearheaded by the state’s rapidly growing COVID caseloads with 34,808 positive cases recorded overnight.
The number of hospitalisations in Victoria is up from the previous day, when the state recorded 752 hospitalisations, recording 818 hospitalised COVID patients overnight.
118 of those are currently in ICU according to the health department, with 28 people on ventilators.