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Face masks – Victoria

Updated on 9 August 2022, at 13:10 AET

Current Restrictions

Everyone aged 8 years and over must wear a mask in the following settings, unless an exemption applies:

  • if you have COVID-19, symptoms of COVID-19 or are a close contact and you’re leaving your home
  • on public transport, in taxis and rideshare
  • on planes (except for children under 12 and those with exemptions)
  • visiting hospitals and care facilities, and indoor areas at other healthcare settings such as allied health settings
  • working in an indoor space that’s publicly accessible in a court or justice centre
  • working in a resident-facing role in an indoor space at a care facility, including when not with residents
  • working in indoor spaces at justice and correctional facilities
  • after being tested for COVID-19 and awaiting results

Masks are also strongly recommended indoors if you can’t physically distance, have COVID-19 symptoms, or are with people who may be vulnerable to COVID-19.

Accessing free masks

From Tuesday 9 August 2022 for 4 to 6 weeks, every person that presents for a free RAT or PCR test will receive a free box of 10 N95 masks.

Masks will also be distributed through some community organisations and a number of disability service providers. More masks will be available from PTV hubs and staffed train stations, while authorised officers and some V/Line conductors will carry masks with them to hand out as needed.

Exceptions

Exceptions to wearing a mask include if:

  • you're under 8 years of age
  • you have a medical condition that makes wearing a face mask unsuitable
  • you can’t do your job while wearing a face mask
  • communication is difficult, such as for people who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • you’re in an emergency situation
  • you’re working alone indoors — but if another person enters the same space, you must put your mask back on
  • you’re visiting a person you are in an intimate personal relationship with
  • when doing strenuous physical exercise such as running or cycling

Children aged 2 years or younger must not wear a face mask, because they’re a choking and suffocation risk.

You don’t need a medical certificate stating that you have a lawful reason for not wearing a face mask. If you have a lawful reason for not wearing a face mask, you don’t need to apply for an exemption or permit.

If you’re stopped by police in a setting where masks are mandatory, they’ll ask you to confirm the lawful reason you’re not wearing a face mask.

For more information, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au/face-masks-when-wear-face-mask.

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