The Chief Health Officer recommends that Victorians wear a face mask when leaving home if it is difficult to keep 1.5 metres apart from other people.
If you are leaving home you should wear a face mask such as a cloth mask or surgical mask if it is difficult to keep 1.5 metres apart from others.
- Wearing a face mask protects you and your community by providing an additional physical barrier to coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Keeping 1.5 metres between yourself and others and washing your hands are still the best defences against coronavirus (COVID-19).
- There are two types of face masks suitable for community use: cloth masks and surgical masks.
The Department of Health and Human Services have addressed many of the frequently asked questions on their website such as:
- Why we are making this change
- Why should I wear a face mask?
- When should I wear a face mask?
- What are the different types of face masks and which one should I use?
- Are face masks effective for protecting against coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission?
- Where can I get a face mask?
- How do I wear a mask correctly?
- How do I know my cloth face mask is working?
- Can I wear a scarf or bandana instead?
- When is it safe to take my face mask off?
- What’s the best way to take off a face mask?
- Can I reuse my face mask?
- When should I wash my cloth mask?
- How do I wash my cloth mask?
- How do I know when it is time to get a new cloth mask?
- Can I remove my face mask to talk with other people?
- Can I wear a face shield instead?
- Do children need to wear a face mask?
To view more information visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/face-masks-victoria-covid-19