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Lakes Entrance, Bairnsdale and Traralgon in reopening trials

An art gallery and a squash centre are among the Gippsland participants in the state government's reopening trials for the fully vaccinated.

15 regional venues and events will operate with higher capacity and density limits from today in a real-world testing of vaccine certification technology.

Among them are the East Gippsland Art Gallery in Bairnsdale and the Lakes Squash and Movie Theatre in Lakes Entrance.

There is also a hotel and a cafe on Phillip Island.

A bureaucratic bungle also had a real estate agent in Traralgon listed with the East Gippsland venues, but that has now been removed.

The trial will help confirm the best way to determine a customer's vaccination status.

It will also help to fine-tune training for staff, the support needed for business owners, and the best way to communicate vaccine requirements to the public.

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The state government said the Vaccinated Economy trials will allow more people to safely attend venues and events when all patrons are fully vaccinated.

The venues will test event settings attached to the 80 per cent double-vaccination mark on Victoria’s Roadmap to Deliver the National Plan – a threshold due to be achieved on or before 5 November.

Victorians attending a Vaccinated Economy trial business or event will be asked to show they are fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 digital certificate displayed through the Service Victoria app, Medicare app, or equivalent smartphone wallet, or present a printed version of their certificate or immunisation history statement, or provide evidence of a valid exemption.

Victorians can add their COVID-19 digital certificate to the Service Victoria app through MyGov or the Express Medicare Plus App.

Regionally based trial case managers from the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions will provide direct assistance to each business as they prepare to welcome patrons and customers, and throughout the trials.

Regional trials over the next two weeks will guide the second phase of trials for 80 per cent double-dose settings.

For more information call the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 or visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

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