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Face masks – Victoria

Updated on 20 October 2022, at 14:25 AET

Current Restrictions

It is recommended you wear a mask if:

  • you have COVID-19 or are a close contact and you need to leave your home or accommodation, for at least 7 days
  • you’re caring for someone with COVID-19
  • you have COVID-19 symptoms
  • you’re visiting or working in a hospital or care facilities
  • you’re at high risk of illness or are with people who may be vulnerable to COVID-19


Exceptions to wearing a face 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
  • when required or authorised by law

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 on restrictions in Victoria, visit

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