Victorians have been wearing face masks for a while now, but the rules have changed as of today to make the public as safe as possible.
Originally people were asked to use a face mask, scarf, bandana or face shield — but not anymore.
Two weeks ago the Government said only fitted face masks would be allowed. Now, after a grace period, that rule will be enforced by Victoria Police.
As of today, all Victorians must wear a fitted mask when leaving the house.
This applies to all Victorians no matter where they live.
Bandanas, scarves and face shields alone are no longer acceptable.
You can still wear a shield that covers your forehead and the sides of your face but it must be worn with a mask.
The penalty for not wearing a mask is $200.
What kind of masks are required and how should they fit?
To provide the best protection, health officials say, a mask must cover your nose and mouth.
It should be “well fitted”. That means it needs to fit snugly over your nose and mouth.
A mask with three layers provides the best protection, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
What are the exceptions to the rules?
You do not have to wear a mask if you have a “lawful excuse” and you do not need to get a medical certificate.
If police question why you are not wearing a mask, you need to provide that excuse.
People with a medical condition that affects their breathing or the skin on their face do not have to wear a mask.
A person does not need to wear a mask when a hearing-impaired person needs to see their mouth to help communicate.
There are other exceptions for occupational health and safety.
Children under 12 and babies are not required to wear masks.