Information last updated: 18 January, 12:00pm
On this page:
- Face mask requirements
- Additional mask information
- Translated information about face mask requirements
- DHHS distribution of masks
- Access a free mask
From 11:59pm on Sunday 17 January 2021, face masks are no longer mandatory in all public indoor settings. This is a change to the current Victorian COVIDSafe Summer restrictions.
Face masks continue to be mandatory in the following locations:
- on public transport
- when riding in a ride share or taxi
- inside shopping centres, including the retail stores inside shopping centres, such as clothing stores
- inside indoor markets
- in large retail stores (over 2000 sq.m), such as department stores, electronics stores, furniture stores, hardware stores or supermarkets
- on domestic flights to and from Victoria
- at airports
- in hospitals
You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to. It is strongly recommended you wear one whenever you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others, including during home visits.
From 12:00am on 5 October 2020 face shields and bandannas were determined to be no longer acceptable as adequate face coverings. Victorians need to move to only wearing fitted face masks which cover both the nose and mouth as a result.
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 when you are in one of the locations listed above, or when you are outdoors in an area where you are unable to stay further than 1.5m away from others (like walkways, public transport stations, outdoor markets), unless a lawful exception applies.
Your face mask needs to be fitted and cover both the nose and mouth. You can find a guide on how to make your own cloth mask on the DHHS website. You can also watch this helpful video on how to wear your mask.
You must continue to carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to. This is in case you require your face mask, for example, if you aren’t able to keep 1.5 metres distance from other people or enter a public indoor space.
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 have a lawful exemption for not wearing a face mask (such as a relevant medical condition), you do not have to wear a face mask anywhere.
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
- 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.
- 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 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 web page.
The DHHS has provided translated videos on the need for face masks, 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.
You must carry a face mask with you when you leave home, and wear the mask in the areas listed above on this page.
Learn more about the current COVID-19 restrictions and health advice by visiting the Department of Health and Human Services website.