23 July 2020
To help slow the spread of COVID-19, if you live within metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire, you must wear a face covering whenever you leave your home, unless an exception applies.
If you cannot purchase or make a face mask an alternative form of covering including a scarf or bandana may be used.
Infants and children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a face covering. Due to risk of choking it is not safe to use a mask on child under two years of age.
A fine of $200 may be issued to people who do not wear a face covering and do not have a valid reason for exception.
Supply of free masks to vulnerable people
DHHS is supplying Councils with disposable face masks for distribution to vulnerable people in our community.
This will be followed by a further allocation of reusable masks once they are ready.
The masks are specifically for Council’s community care clients, rooming house residents, homeless people and any other vulnerable people we can identify, such as those being referred through to us for assistance via the State Government’s Coronavirus hotline. Council will distribute masks out to these groups as quickly as possible.
If individuals want to access the masks they should visit their local community health centre, a local pharmacy, or call the state hotline on 1800 675 398 for further information.
Disposal of face masks
It is important these disposable mask coverings are disposed of correctly.
Single-use coverings and gloves are for single-use only and should be disposed of responsibly in a rubbish bin.
You should always wash or sanitise your hands immediately after handling these items and touching rubbish bins.
Do not put single use coverings or gloves in your recycling bin.