Face masks

Information last updated: 29 September, 5:30pm

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Face mask requirements

From 12:00am on 5 October 2020 face shields and bandanas will be no longer accepted as adequate face coverings. Victorians need to move to only wearing fitted face masks which cover both the nose and mouth by this time. The mandatory face mask rules first introduced on 22 July 2020 are still in place (see below).

When you leave your house for the four allowed reasons under the current restrictions (shopping for food and supplies, care and caregiving, exercise, and work (with a permit)) ‐ you must wear a face mask while outside your home, unless an exception applies.

Please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website for detailed information on face mask rules and exceptions.

Visit our Current COVID-19 Restrictions page for more information on what restrictions apply in Moreland.

What this means

You must wear a face mask whenever you leave your home, unless an exception applies.

Your face mask needs to be fitted and cover both the nose and mouth. Find a guide on how to make your own cloth mask here. You can also watch this helpful video on how to wear your mask.

Some exceptions apply, such as infants and children under the age of 12. 

Please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website for information on other lawful exceptions. 

If you are unsure whether you should be wearing a mask because of an existing medical condition, consult your local medical professional for further advice.

Other ways to stay safe and protect others:

  • Washing your hands regularly with soap and warm water.
  • Using an effective hand sanitiser with over 60% alcohol content.
  • Keeping 1.5m distance from others.
  • Staying home unless leaving for 4 reasons (shopping for food and supplies, care and caregiving, exercise, and work (with a permit)).
  • Getting a COVID-19 test at the earliest sign of cold/flu like symptoms and isolating at home while waiting for your results.


Additional mask information

You will find additional information about face masks including local organisations that are producing masks, what you should look for when buying a mask, and how to make your own mask, on our Be Kind to Yourself webpage.

This page also has information and resources on looking after your physical and mental health, and on relationships and safety.


Translations of face mask requirements

The DHHS has provided translated videos on the need for face masks, as well as how you can make your own mask and how to wear a mask safely.


DHHS distribution of masks

The Department of Health and Human Services will be distributing 2.1 million reusable face masks to:

  • Vulnerable Victorians
  • Aboriginal Victorians; and
  • Workforces who come into direct client contact and deliver Victorian Government funded health and human services to a range of vulnerable Victorians

Find out more about reusable face masks for vulnerable Victorians.


Access a free mask

Masks are now available for all Moreland residents.

If you are having trouble getting a mask, or you are a vulnerable Moreland resident you can all the Community Connector Moreland phone line on 8311 4140 or email casi@moreland.vic.gov.au

You must wear wear a face mask when you leave home.

Learn more about the current COVID-19 restrictions and health advice by visiting the Department of Health and Human Services website.