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If you live in Victoria you must wear a face mask when you leave home

Starting at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 2, all residents of Victoria state must wear a face mask every time they leave their home unless an exception applies. This is due to the growth of coronavirus transmission in this Australian state.

Also, if you are in a region where there is greater community transmission, you should take additional precautions. If the physical distance is not possible, for example in public transport, wearing a mask can help protect you and those around you.

The use of a face mask serves as an additional precaution. However, you should continue with the measures already established:

  • Stay at home if you don’t feel well.
  • Keep the physical distance (more than 1.5 m) of other people, when you are away from home.
  • Avoid large indoor gatherings.
  • Practice hand and respiratory hygiene.

Exceptions to not wearing a mask in Victoria:

  • A person who is affected by a relevant medical condition, including breathing problems, dental treatment, severe face condition, disability, or mental health condition.
  • People who are deaf or hearing impaired, as seeing the mouth is essential for their communication.
  • People whose professions require a clear enunciation or visibility of their mouth. This includes teaching or live-streaming.
  • Professional athletes when training or competing.
  • When doing any exercise or physical activity (You must wear a mask and use it when you finish exercising).
  • People travelling in their vehicles alone or with other family members.
  • When consuming food, drink or medicine. (You should wear a mask and use it when you finish eating)

 How do I use a face mask correctly?

Fabric mask:

A fabric mask should fit securely around your face, specifically covering the areas of the nose and mouth. The mask should fit perfectly to your face and be secured by loops on the back of your head or ear loops.

Make sure your mask does not have unfiltered unidirectional holes or valves. This can cause COVID-19 to be transmitted.

Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or use a hand disinfectant, before putting on the mask and after removing it. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth at all times and store used fabric face masks in a plastic bag until you have the opportunity to wash them.

Surgical Mask (Single Use):

  • Before putting on the mask, wash your hands with soap and water, or use a disinfectant.
  • Check for defects in the mask, such as broken loops.
  • Place the outer side of the mask outward according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Shape the flexible metal top strip to the shape of your nose by pinching and pressing down on it with your fingers.
  • Stretch the bottom of the mask over the mouth and chin.
  • Make sure the mask fits perfectly.
  • Don't touch the mask once it's in position.
  • If the mask gets dirty or moistened, replace it with a new one.

Face Protectors:

Make sure they are properly designed to cover the sides of the face and under the chin. Reusable face protectors should be cleaned and disinfected after each use. Disposable ones should only be used once.

When is it time to get a new fabric mask?

  • If your fabric mask does not fit perfectly to your face (for example, you may feel your breath coming out of the sides of the mask).
  • Your mask falls off or slides down.
  • There are holes in your cloth mask.
  • The material has begun to wear out.

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