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Face masks

Find information about wearing a face mask in Victoria.

Restrictions in Victoria

Restrictions are in place in Victoria from 11:59pm on Tuesday 27 July 2021:

  • Face masks must be worn both indoors and outdoors when you leave the house unless an exception applies. 
  • There are no restrictions on reasons to leave home or the distance you can travel but staying COVIDSafe remains important. 
  • Shops are open with a density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm. While shopping you need to adhere to the patron limits per shop. This limit on patrons is in place to ensure everyone in the shop can keep 1.5 metres distance. 
  • Beauty and personal care services are open. Masks can be removed when needed to complete the treatment.  Masks must be worn by the person performing the service.
  • Restaurants and cafes can open for seated service with up to 25 people before density requirements apply. COVID Check-in Marshals must be present and request attendees check-in at these venues. A density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm applies, with a maximum of 100 people per venue. Group sizes are limited to 10 people. 
  • Food courts can also re-open with a density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm with a maximum of 100 people per venue. COVID Check-in Marshals must be present and request attendees check-in at these venues. 
  • You must remain seated at your table unless you are ordering, using the toilets or entering and leaving the venue.  
  • Nightclubs and karaoke venues can open for seated food and drink service only. Dancefloors are closed. 
  • You must check in at the venue using the Service Victoria QR Code app, regardless of the duration of your visit. 
  • If dining with people you don’t live with, you should also maintain good hand hygiene, and avoid physical contact and sharing food when you dine together. 

Frequently asked questions

When do I need to wear a face mask?

Anyone aged 12 years and over must wear a fitted face mask indoors and outdoors whenever they leave their home, unless a lawful exception applies.

Do I have to wear a face mask while exercising?  

You do not need to wear a face mask when exercising if you are out of breath or puffing.  You must carry a face mask with you at all times..

Do students at schools need to wear a face mask?

Students aged 12 and over who are on-site at secondary schools must wear face masks indoors and outdoors, unless a lawful exception applies.  

Primary and secondary students are not required to wear a face mask if they have an illness, condition or disability that means it would not be suitable to wear one.

Do I have to wear a face mask at the office?

Yes. However, if you are working alone, you do not need to wear a face mask unless someone else enters the room.

Stay safe by:

  • Always wash your hands before you leave, and when you return home.
  • Keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others whenever possible.
  • If you are unwell with COVID-19 symptoms get tested immediately and stay at home until you receive a negative result.

If I am providing care to someone, do I need to wear a face mask during my visit?

Yes, if you are providing care for someone, you must wear a face mask unless an exception applies. This includes for babysitting purposes.

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Reviewed 27 July 2021

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