Today marks day one of the compulsory mask rule in Victoria.
Victorians in lockdown areas must wear a mask when out in public, facing a 200 dollar fine if caught without one without a valid explanation.
The Department of Health and Human Services of Victoria state if people cannot obtain a mask, a scarf or bandanna alternative is permitted.
Children aged 12 and under are not required to wear a mask.
The only exceptions for not wearing a mask are:
- Professional sportspeople when training or competing.
- When the individual is doing any exercise or physical activity where they are out of breath or puffing; examples include jogging or running but not walking. You must have a face covering on you and wear it when you finish exercising.
- When directed by police to remove the face covering to ascertain identity.
- The person is travelling in a vehicle by themselves or with other members of their household.
- When consuming food, drink, medication or when smoking/vaping.
- When asked to remove a face covering to ascertain identity, for example at a bank branch or bottle shop.
- When undergoing dental treatment or other medical care to the extent that the procedure requires that no face covering may be worn.
- During emergencies.
In the meantime, Victorians are finding new ways to express themselves through their masks donning colourful prints, scarves and even some trying their hand at DIY.