Canberra, Nov 14 (MNN) Restrictions still imposed on retail outlets at Australia’s international airports have been removed as the country has recorded two doses of vaccination of 81.9 per cent of citizens over the age of 16 as of Friday, the Minister for Health and Aged Care Greg Hunt said on Sunday.
These restrictions on certain retail outlets were put under the Biosecurity Act to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread by people mingling at international airports.
The decision to repeal the Emergency Determination is based on advice from the Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer, the Minister said.
Hunt said all jurisdictions in Australia now have at least 68 per cent of their population over the age of 16 fully vaccinated, with these figures expected to continue to increase rapidly over the coming weeks.
Thanks to the continued increase in Australia’s vaccination rates, including recently passing 90 per cent of eligible Australians aged 16 and over getting the single dose, the risk presented by passengers, crew and airport staff to the Australians is greatly reduced, he maintained.
“With this lower risk, and the anticipated resumption of international travel, these retail businesses are once again able to operate, while adhering to COVID safe measures in place in their local jurisdictions.”