From 11.59pm, Sunday 17 January 2020 face masks will no longer be mandatory in all public indoor settings. These requirements are in line with settings that were in place at Christmas time.
Face masks continue to be mandatory in the following settings:
- Public transport
- Ride shares or taxis
- Inside shopping centres, including the retail stores inside shopping centres, such as clothing stores
- Inside indoor markets
- In large retail stores (over 2000 sqm), such as department stores, electronics stores, furniture stores, hardware stores or supermarkets
- On domestic flights to and from Victoria
You must continue to carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to. This is in case you require your face mask, for example, if you aren’t able to keep 1.5 metres distance from other people or enter a public indoor space.
There are a number of lawful excuses for not wearing a face mask. A face mask with three layers is the option recommended by the Chief Health Officer, as it provides the best protection for you and others.
Make sure you're wearing your mask correctly by following the World Health Organisation's tips:
- Wash your hands before touching the mask
- Adjust the mask to your face without leaving gaps on the sides - it should cover your nose, mouth and chin
- Avoid touching the mask
- Wash your hands before removing the mask
- Remove the mask using the straps
- Store the mask in a clean plastic resealable bag
- Wash your hands after removing the mask
- Wash your reusable mask in hot soapy water after each use
- Put disposable masks in your garbage bin - they are not recyclable.