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Coronavirus: Masks to be mandatory across Victoria

30 July 2020

Update: Members are advised to rely on the most recent news stories and Bulletins only, as government advice and regulations will continue to change as the COVID-19 situation develops. The advice below was correct at the time of publication. The latest COVID-19 news is available here.

From Sunday, 2 August 11:59pm all Victorians will be required to wear a face mask when outside their homes. 

The news comes after Victoria recorded 723 new cases overnight and a week after face coverings became mandatory in Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire.

"I understand this will a big step for some. But by covering your face, you're protecting your community, and protecting those extra freedoms your community enjoys," said Premier Daniel Andrews.

With the announcement essentially moving Victoria into Stage 4 safety measures, there will be some exemptions to the mask rule including medical reasons and sessions of strenuous exercise.

Additionally, from 11:59pm tonight, several local governments – including Colac-Otway, Greater Geelong, Surf Coast, Moorabool, Golden Plains, and the Borough of Queenscliffe – will be restricting residents from visiting people or having guests.

"The data is telling us that outside work, this is the single greatest cause of transmission in these communities," said Mr. Andrews.

For the latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and Chamber resources, head to the dedicated COVID-19 section of the website. For member convenience, updates have been organised into key areas including government advice, grants, VACC resources and more. 

 

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For more information
Australian Government: COVID-19 Restriction Checker
Department of Health and Human Services: How to make a cloth mask
WorkSafe Victoria: Face coverings in workplaces
VACC: Masks in the workplace FAQs

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