Sunbury and Macedon Ranges reunion

Lockdown, Sunbury. Photo by Damjan Janevski. 243447_16

Oliver Lees

Sunbury and the Macedon Ranges will be reunited ahead of schedule this week as Victoria continues to hurtle past its vaccination targets.

The state is expected to reach the milestone of 80 per cent double dose vaccination for its eligible population by this Friday, October 29, more than a week before the original estimated date.

Premier Daniel Andrews has foreshadowed that a further easing of restrictions will occur that day from 6pm, including the removal of travel restrictions between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne.

“Victorians have met this challenge beyond any of our expectations and these vaccination rates are an incredible achievement,” he said.

“We’re on our way to being one of the most vaccinated – and therefore one of the safest – places in the entire world.”

Sunbury Business Association president Michael Osborne said this was a massive step in the right direction for the community.

“That is what Sunbury business is looking forward to the most,” he said.

“Around 35 per cent of our business is done with the Macedon Ranges. We need that to happen.”

When the 80 per cent threshold is met, masks will no longer be mandatory in outdoor settings and indoor retail, gyms and entertainment will reopen.