Face Masks: Important update for the Victorian public

You are still required to wear a face mask when attending the medical centre.

From the 23/11/2020 there are some changes to the mandatory wearing of face masks in Victoria.

All adults and children aged 12 years or older are now only required to wear a face mask in the following settings:

  • in all indoor venues
  • when you can’t socially distance with others outdoors
  • riding on public transport including at stations and stops (trains, trams, buses, taxis and ride share services)

If you’re outdoors and you can keep a safe 1.5M distance between you and other, face masks are no longer mandatory. 

You are still required to carry a face mask when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so. Face shields, bandanas, scarves or loose snoods, loose buffs or loose gaiters on their own are no longer considered a sufficient face covering. A face covering must be a fitted face mask that covers the nose and mouth.  This can be a cloth mask or a single-use (surgical) mask.

Other important points to remember about face masks:

  • face masks continue to be an enforceable restriction in Victoria
  • face masks must be worn at all times if you attend the medical centre
  • children aged 2 years or younger must never wear a face covering due to choking and suffocation risk
  • families should make their own decisions about whether their children aged 3 to 11 years should wear a face mask in the required settings

If you are feeling unwell or have any symptoms of COVID-19 you should STAY HOME and call your doctor to find out how to get tested.

For digital resources about COVID-19 and the use of face masks refer to:

For 24/7 telephone support about COVID-19 call the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

For translating or interpreting call 131 450 first and tell them your language.  Click here for translated resources.  SBS Radio is also broadcasting COVID-19 news and information in your language.

Click here for the latest clinic news about COVID-19 on our website.