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Face masks – Victoria

Updated on 17 October 2021, at 13:55 AET


Metropolitan Melbourne and parts of regional Victoria are in lockdown.

A curfew is in place from 9pm to 5am each day in Metropolitan Melbourne.

The lockdown and curfew will end 11:59pm Thursday 21 October 2021.

For more information on the lockdown, visit 'Lockdowns and outbreaks - Victoria' on the healthdirect Restriction Checker.

Face masks

You must wear a face mask whenever you leave your home — or bubble buddy or intimate partner’s home — in both indoor and outdoor settings. You must carry a mask at all times.

You can remove your mask in a public place when consuming food, drinks or medicine. You can’t remove your mask to eat or drink in retail settings such as a shopping centre or supermarket.

Exceptions to wearing a mask include if:

  • 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 or outdoors — but if another person enters the same space you must put your mask back on

Children younger than 12 years of age don’t need to wear a face mask. However, it’s strongly recommended by the Victorian Government primary school aged children wear a mask when they’re not at home.

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

  • Face shields, bandanas and scarves are not sufficient.
  • 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.

In regional Victoria — except Mitchell Shire and Mildura Rural City Council — where beauty and hair services can operate, you can remove your mask if it’s necessary for the treatment to continue.

Record keeping for contact tracing

To support contact tracing, all venues must ask visitors and staff who are on the premises to check in using the free Service Victoria QR Code app.

For more info, visit

For more information on Victoria's restrictions, visit or call the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398. International, interstate and mobile callers can phone (+613) 9096 9000.

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