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.

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Bill Papastergiadis OAM covering up with an Indigenous art scarf Photo: Linkedin
Ange Kenos giving a bit of Greek flare Photo: Supplied
Achilles Kalanis wearing his very own ‘sock mask’ Photo: Supplied
Mr Rerakis has an alternative cross stitched mask honouring Crete Photo: Supplied