Face masks and face coverings
Last updated: Monday 14 September, 3:30pm
On this page:
- Face covering requirements
- Additional mask information
- Translated information about face covering requirements
- DHHS distribution of masks
- Access a free mask
Face covering requirements
From 11:59pm Wednesday 22 July 2020 if you live in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire you must wear a face covering when leaving home unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so.
Stay at Home restrictions still apply for Metropolitan Melbourne, so when you leave your house for the four reasons (shopping for food and supplies, care and caregiving, exercise, and work (with a permit)) - you must wear a face mask or face covering while outside your home, unless an exception applies.
Please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website for detailed information on face covering rules and exceptions.
Visit our Current COVID-19 Restrictions page for more information on what restrictions apply in Moreland.
What this means
You must wear a face mask or face covering whenever you leave your home, unless an exception applies.
A face covering needs to cover both your nose and mouth. It could be a face mask, shield, cloth, bandana or scarf. Find a guide on how to make your own cloth mask here. You can also watch this helpful video on how to wear your mask.
Some exceptions apply, such as infants and children under the age of 12.
Please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website for information on other lawful exceptions.
If you are unsure whether you should be wearing a mask because of an existing medical condition, consult your local medical professional for further advice.
Other ways to stay safe and protect others:
- Washing your hands regularly with soap and warm water.
- Using an effective hand sanitiser with over 60% alcohol content.
- Keeping 1.5m distance from others.
- Staying home unless leaving for 4 reasons (shopping for food and supplies, care and caregiving, exercise, and study and work where this cannot be done from home).
- Getting a COVID-19 test at the earliest sign of cold/flu like symptoms and isolating at home while waiting for your results.
You will find additional information about face coverings and masks including local organisations that are producing masks, what you should look for when buying a mask, and how to make your own mask, on our Be Kind to Yourself webpage.
The DHHS has provided translated videos on the need for face masks and face coverings, as well as how you can make your own mask and how to wear a mask safely.
The Department of Health and Human Services will be distributing 2.1 million reusable face masks to:
- Vulnerable Victorians
- Aboriginal Victorians; and
- Workforces who come into direct client contact and deliver Victorian Government funded health and human services to a range of vulnerable Victorians
Find out more about reusable face masks for vulnerable Victorians.
Masks are now available for all Moreland residents.
If you are having trouble getting a mask, or you are a vulnerable Moreland resident you can all the Community Connector Moreland phone line on 8311 4140 or email email@example.com
You must wear wear a face mask or covering when you leave home.
Learn more about the current COVID-19 restrictions and health advice by visiting the Department of Health and Human Services website.