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Masks and face coverings

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As of Wednesday 22 July 11.59pm everyone 12 years old and over, living in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will have to wear a face covering (can be a hospital or home made mask or a scarf) when outside their home to protect them from COVID-19.

There will be a $200 fine for those not wearing one.

Cloth masks are a sensible option as this is something that will need to be used for some time, and disposable masks will be expensive and bad for the environment. Simple coverings like a scarf or bandana over your mouth and nose don’t work very well, but may be used if you don’t have anything else - using a triple layer cloth mask is a much better option. 

Remember to not touch the front before or after use, wash them in soapy warm water and physical distancing and hygiene are still important. See the DHHS website for more details, including how to make your own cloth mask. 

There are some reasons not to wear one:
• those who have a medical reason
• kids under 12 years of age
• those who have a professional reason
• it’s just not practical, like when running

Other children over 2 years can wear a face mask if tolerated, and masks may be useful in situations where children need to leave home but physical distancing of 1.5m is not possible. 

Teachers don’t have to wear a face covering while teaching – but students attending for VCE, VCAL or for onsite supervision will, while everyone will be expected to wear one to and from school.

However you will still be expected to carry your face covering at all times to wear when you can.

Otherwise, if you’re leaving your home for one of the four reasons, you need to cover your face.

You must still continue washing your hands, sneeze into your elbow or tissue, maintain 1.5m distancing, stay inside and get tested if you have (even mild) symptoms.

 

Regional Victoria

Face coverings in regional Victoria are recommended in situations where 1.5 metres distance is not possible – however regional Victorians will have to wear a mask when visiting metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire for one of the permitted reasons.

Wearing a face mask does not apply to:
• children under 2 years of age
• people with breathing difficulties
• people who have physical conditions that make it difficult to wear one.

You must still continue washing your hands, sneeze into your elbow or tissue, maintain 1.5m distancing, stay inside and get tested if you have (even mild) symptoms.

You can find more information on keeping safe, restrictions etc. here.