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Person wearing protective face covering to help prevent the spread of COVID-19

Council is urging all residents aged 12 years and over to wear a face mask or covering when outside their home, in accordance with Victorian Government requirements.

Tuesday 4 August 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council is urging all residents aged 12 years and over to wear a face mask or covering when outside their home, in accordance with Victorian Government requirements.

Face masks or coverings are now compulsory for all people living in Victoria to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

People found outside their home not wearing a face mask or covering who are not exempt from the rules face a $200 fine.

Council’s Public and Environmental Health Coordinator Tracey Watson said we are at the point where we all need to take additional steps to slow the spread of the virus.

“We know there are plenty of people in our community who are doing the right thing and wearing masks,” said Ms Watson.

“The key message is that if you leave your home for one of the four reasons allowed you need to follow the rules and wear a face covering to help protect yourself and others.”

The facts about face masks and coverings:

  • Children who are under the age of 12 years old do not need to wear a face covering.
  • Infants who are two years or younger must not wear face coverings as they are a choking and suffocation risk.
  • A face covering needs to cover both your nose and mouth. It could be a face mask or shield.
  • Even with a mask, you should keep 1.5 metres distance between you and others.
  • There are some exceptions for not wearing a face covering. Some of these include a relevant medical condition, undertaking physical activity, consuming food, drink or medication and in cases where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
  • You do not need to wear a face covering if you’re travelling in a vehicle by yourself or with other members of your household.
  • All workers, must wear a face covering unless covered in the exceptions.

Face coverings are an additional layer of protection against coronavirus. A mask or face covering prevents droplets spreading when someone speaks, laughs, coughs, or sneezes, including someone who has coronavirus but feels well.

Where to get a face mask or covering:

Local pharmacies, hardware and discount stores have face masks and coverings available for purchase.

Reusable face masks will soon be available for free to vulnerable community members as part of a Victorian Government initiative.

Those eligible to receive a free mask include people who are actively managing chronic conditions or living with a disability, those who are experiencing family violence, mental health problems or drug and health issues, and people who live in public housing, crisis accommodation or are homeless. Aboriginal people and refugee and asylum seekers are also eligible.

The free reusable masks will be soon available from organisations like Council and selected community and health organisations when supplies become available.

In the meantime, vulnerable residents can register for a free reusable mask by contacting Council’s dedicated COVID-19 support number on 1800 512 446 or email covid19@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Victorians who do not meet the eligibility criteria for masks can purchase one themselves, use other face coverings including scarves or bandanas, or make their own cloth masks.

It is also important to keep your mask clean and take it on and off correctly.

The Department of Health and Human Services has produced a short video with advice from Victoria’s Chief Health Officer that explains all you need to know on how to wear a mask safely.

For more information visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/face-masks-and-coverings-covid-19.

Find out more information on Council service updates and coronavirus resources at
www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.



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