Face masks can stop or slow viruses from spreading. Face masks lower your chance of catching and spreading an airborne virus. That’s why wearing a high-quality and well-fitted face mask can help protect you and those around you from COVID-19. Medical research has now confirmed Covid-19 is an airborne virus. A mask is recommended in public settings of any kind.
When to wear a face mask in Victoria
We recommend wearing a mask:
- for at least 7 days if you have COVID-19 and:
- you need to leave home
- you are indoors, or
- you cannot maintain physical distance
- if you are a close contact and you need to leave home
- if you are visiting or working in a sensitive setting such as hospitals and aged care facilities.
How to use a face mask
Here’s how to use your face mask:
- Wash your hands before touching the mask.
- The mask should comfortably and snugly cover your mouth, nose and chin.
- Adjust the mask so there are no air gaps on the side.
- Avoid touching the mask while it is on.
- Replace the mask when it gets wet or dirty, or when the straps are stretched so that the mask no longer fits snugly against your face. Dispose into waste bin after use.
If you use a disposable mask again, you should store it in a clean, dry place, such as a paper bag between uses. Do not attempt to wash or sterilise it.
Wash your hands after removing the mask.
Children and face masks
School-aged children are encouraged to wear face masks indoors in a public space or outside in a crowded place where they can’t physically distance. This is especially if they are at a higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19.
Children aged 2 years or younger should not wear a mask, because it is a choking and suffocation risk.