Breaking news: Face coverings mandatory from 11:59pm Wednesday 22 July

 19 July 2020

Aquatics coronavirus update

The State Government has announced that from 11:59pm on Wednesday, 22 July, anyone leaving home for any of the four reasons outlined under Stage 3 restrictions will be required to wear a face covering. 

The State of Emergency restrictions have also been extended to 16 August.

The new requirements regarding face coverings mean that when you go shopping for food or essentials, exercising, attending work or study if you can't do so from home and care or caregiving you must wear something that covers your mouth and nose.

There are several exemptions: if you are running for exercise (you need to wear to and from where you run), if you are a child under 12 and if you have a medical reason.

A face covering can include a scarf or bandana, it does not need to be a surgical mask.

To give people time to purchase or make a face covering, this new rule won’t be enforced until after 11.59pm on Wednesday 22 July – but for those who can, the advice is to please start wearing one immediately. The fine for not wearing a face covering will be $200.

More information here: Face coverings mandatory for Melbourne and Mitchell Shire

The Department of Health and Human Services has further information that includes how to make a cloth mask:

Frequently Asked Questions and How to make a cloth mask

The State of Emergency restrictions have also been extended to 16 August.

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