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Masks to be mandatory in Metropolitan Melbourne & Mitchell Shire from Thursday!

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Jul 20, 2020
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Source: dhhs.vic.gov.au

It was announced yesterday from the Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews that face coverings will be mandatory when leaving home for one of the 4 reasons from 11:59pm on Wednesday 22 July. This decision is due to the spike in new cases in Victoria over the last few days with yesterday recording 363 new cases and 3 deaths.

“As you remember to take your keys when you leave the house, you need to remember to take something to cover your face” -Andrews says

It was revealed that anyone who fails to wear a mask could be fined $200. 

The rule will be enforced from 11.59pm on Wednesday night to allow people time to purchase masks. It’s been advised that It doesn’t have to be surgical face masks with authorities saying scarves or anything to cover the face will be acceptable. 
 

It has been announced that there will be some reasons not to wear a face covering. Example’s given by Daniel Andrews are “those who have a medical reason, kids under 12 years of age, those who have a professional reason or if it’s just not practical, like when running – however you will still be expected to carry your face covering at all times to wear when you can.”

In schools, teachers dont have to wear a face covering while teaching so students can see their face, however students attending school will be expected to wear one on the way to and from school.

For further information on the matter go to dhhs.vic.gov.au