Victorian Deputy Liberal Leader David Southwick says his party is calling on the Andrews government to adopt similar reopening measures to New South Wales to “get Victoria moving again”.

“We have a tale of two cities, we have NSW that’s optimistic, that has a plan to open again, and in Victoria it’s lockdowns,” he told Sky News host Chris Kenny.

Mr Southwick said some hospitality venues will be unable to open when the 70 per cent fully vaccinated target is reached because they cannot afford to operate while only outdoor dining is permitted.

“So what we’re saying is like NSW we want to ensure that we have the per square metre rules, we get rid of a cap and we allow businesses to open up,” he said.

“We’re desperate for this, businesses have struggled, they’re on their knees and we need to ensure that we give them some confidence to open up again.”

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