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Lord mayor backs push for Melbourne businesses to be included in vaccine passport trial

Neil Mitchell
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Melbourne businesses want in on the Victorian Government’s vaccine passports trial.

The Andrews Government has previously indicated the trial would take place in regional Victoria.

But CBD businesses are pushing to be included in a ‘health pass’ trial.

The Night Time Economy Advisory Committee, which is made up of leaders from the city’s hospitality, arts and entertainment venues, is championing the pilot program.

City of Melbourne councillors will on Tuesday vote to lobby the state government to immediately roll out a vaccine passport scheme at some venues in the CBD.

Lord mayor Sally Capp says “that means when we start to hit that 80 per cent target, when we can really open, that our venues are prepared to welcome people back onto dancefloors and get this city going again”.

But the trial will only go ahead if the state government approves it.

“We need the state government to choose the City of Melbourne as a place in which a trial could happen,” Councillor Capp told Neil Mitchell.

“We’ve been the hardest hit municipality in Australia as a result of this pandemic and all of our industry leaders and all of those small business owners are saying ‘Please let us be part of a trial so we can get ourselves open sooner and safely’.”

Press PLAY below to hear what the lord mayor had to say about vaccine passports

Neil Mitchell
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