“Everyone right to go?’’ Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, asked right off.
Seventy per cent of Victorians aged 16 years or over will have to be double vaccinated, first, and only then is everyone “right to go”.
The assembled media will be “right to go”. Viewers will be “right to go”.
On Tuesday 26 October, lockdown will end, the curfew lifted and up to 50 fully-vaccinated Victorians at a time will be “right to go” to a Greek restaurant in Victoria, sit outside and eat a souvlaki.
Just 10 days later, on Friday 5 November, when 80 per cent of Victorians are double dosed, the fully-vaccinated can eat their souvlaki inside. “Opa!”
Victoria’s Premier didn’t say it exactly like this at his press conference on the road map out of lockdown, on Sunday. But I’m sure that’s what he really had in mind.
His quotes were unmistakable.
“Make no mistake, we are opening this place up. There is no alternative,” Mr Andrews said.
So, every souvlaki joint in Melbourne, get ready.
“There is a gateway here, it will be challenging but we must pass through it,” Mr Andrews added.
So, be sure to show our vaccination passport at the eatery’s entrance if you want to sit at a table to eat your souvlaki.
And if you want some retsina or other beverage to wash it down, well, the Premier is clear: “The person pouring the beer will have to be vaccinated too, logic tells us that.”
Mr Andrews also said Victoria was “only at 45 per cent double dose now” and opening up was a “mathematical exercise”.
“I want to get to 80 per cent by (Melbourne) Cup Day,” he said.
“Eighty per cent is the marker that opens the state.
“It’s a great signal to the world that Victoria is open.’’
Open also for dine out souvlaki.
“There are appointments there (for vaccinations), absolutely there are. Please go online and book one,” Mr Andrews said.
“This road map is about delivering the national plan.”
It’s also about stopping deliveries of Greece’s national popular fast food to our homes and mapping out a plan about how it was supposed to be eaten.