From 11:59pm Wednesday 22 July, people on the Mornington Peninsula over the age of 12 are required to wear a face mask or face covering when out in public.
Wearing a mask may feel uncomfortable until you get used to it. But we all have a responsibility to do something small to keep everyone around us safe, so please wear a mask and help slow the spread.
Whenever you leave your home you must wear a mask, including in the car if you are driving with someone you do not live with. Wearing a mask doesn’t make it okay to leave your house if you are feeling unwell. If you have symptoms you must get tested and stay at home and isolate until you have the test result.
You don’t have to wear a mask when you do strenuous exercise (such as running or jogging), but you need to keep one with you. If you are out for a walk, you must wear a mask.
Healthy face mask habits
- Wash your hands before and after you touch your mask
- Never use a dirty or damaged mask
- Make sure your mask does not have holes or a valve*
- Make sure your mask covers your mouth, nose and chin – and that there are no gaps on the sides
- Avoid touching your mask while you are wearing it
- Take care when you take your mask off – unhook it from your ears and pull it away from your face
- Wash reusable fabric masks in hot, soapy water after each use
- Put your disposable mask straight in the bin after you take it off.
* Masks with valves only filter air going in, so they only protect you and not others.
The regulation to wear a face mask does not apply to children aged under 12 years, people with breathing difficulties and those who have physical conditions that make it difficult to wear a face mask.
Make your own cloth mask
There are two types of face masks suitable for community use: cloth masks and surgical masks. The Department of Health and Human Services have easy-to-follow instructions on how you can make your own mask at home using fabric you already have in your wardrobe and minimal equipment.