One death as Victoria records 334 new cases of COVID-19

Victoria has recorded 334 new COVID-19 cases in a small jump on yesterday's numbers. Victoria Health also revealed one person had died with the virus. A total of 39,027 vaccines were administered and 42,998 test results received in the past 24 hours to midnight. Meanwhile, a Victorian publican has praised a plan unveiled by New South Wales in reopening to vaccinated patrons after months of lockdowns. https://twitter.com/VicGovDH/status/1436099442592018443?s=20From today regional Victoria – except for Shepparton – is open but there are strict limits on numbers, which David Strange said will make his business, and many others, not financially viable. Hospitality venues can welcome back just 10 patrons inside and 20 outdoors. READ MORE: NSW students awaiting clarity for exams as vaccine push receives boost Mr Strange operates a pub in Metung in East Gippsland and said businesses have been left "disappointed" by Premier Daniel Andrews' announcement. "The business community is dis..

Victoria has recorded 334 new COVID-19 cases in a small jump on yesterday's numbers.

Victoria Health also revealed one person had died with the virus.

A total of 39,027 vaccines were administered and 42,998 test results received in the past 24 hours to midnight.

Meanwhile, a Victorian publican has praised a plan unveiled by New South Wales in reopening to vaccinated patrons after months of lockdowns.

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From today regional Victoria – except for Shepparton – is open but there are strict limits on numbers, which David Strange said will make his business, and many others, not financially viable.

Hospitality venues can welcome back just 10 patrons inside and 20 outdoors.

READ MORE: NSW students awaiting clarity for exams as vaccine push receives boost

Mr Strange operates a pub in Metung in East Gippsland and said businesses have been left "disappointed" by Premier Daniel Andrews' announcement.

"The business community is disappointed, we just would have liked more so we can run our businesses and employ people and serve the customers who want to come out of lockdown and get out of home," Mr Strange told Today.

"I see Gladys up your way has come out with something which is terrific, which gives people hope. We have Christmas five minutes away. I have to employ people. I have to train people, I have to order goods in. I have to prepare for it. And you know, it's not a five-minute job.

"It is a good four months' work ordering all the supplies in. The suppliers have the same problem I have got, so we need to plan and we need months of planning.

READ MORE: The restriction changes now in place for regional Victoria

"It's not a five-minute job running a business like a hospitality industry."

The patron caps will make it hard for businesses to make any profit, he said.

"But I am going to give it a go. I am trying to stay positive. We are going to have a very reduced menu.

"We have an area we can put people outside, so we can have 30 – when I say it like that it is just ridiculous, but I want the place to be open.

"It is not financially viable but I am hoping it will only be a week or two and if it was four or five months it would be a disaster but fingers crossed Dan will come around."

His staff will be vaccinated and patrons who haven't had the jab could be turned away.

"I have been working with my staff over the last month because I have had the view that it is going to be compulsory. I have to provide a safe working place for my staff."

READ MORE: Premier 'not shocked' as Victoria records 324 new coronavirus cases

Ninety per cent were already jabbed, he said.

"The other 10 per cent are just waiting their turn because they are young kids.

"But I am hopefully, by the end of this monthly have 100 per cent uptake from the staff."

As for patrons, Mr Strange said those who are not vaccinated won't be welcome.

"I have come across a couple who aren't (vaccinated) and I have said to them, 'you know, it will be my decision and my decision will be probably in October you will have to be vaxxed to come in'.

"I can't have people come into my venue and giving each other this virus that could kill you for a simple vaccination, and my staff.

"I have to provide a safe working place and I can't have that sort of thing going around in the pub."

Yesterday Victoria recorded 324 new infections with the Premier warning Victorians the state had not yet reached the peak of its coronavirus outbreak.

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