On Wednesday 22nd July 2020 at 11.59pm, masks and/or face coverings will be made mandatory in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchel Shire.
The key importance of these face masks and/or face coverings is to ensure it covers your mouth and nose. Masks also assist in containing droplets when people cough or sneeze which reduces the spread of the virus.
While the Chief Health Officer recommends a cloth mask made of three layers of a mix of breathable fabrics to ensure adequate protection, any face mask or covering is better than none. This includes a scarf or bandana.
Lawful reasons why you don’t have to wear a mask:
• Infants and children under the age of 12 years
• A person who is affected by a relevant medical condition – including problems with their breathing.
• Persons whose professions require clear enunciation or visibility of their mouth.
• When the individual is doing any exercise or physical activity where they are out of breath or puffing; examples include jogging or running but not walking. You must have a face covering on you and wear it when you finish exercising.
• When directed by police to remove the face covering to ascertain identity.
• The person is travelling in a vehicle by themselves or with other members of their household.
• When consuming food, drink, medication or when smoking/vaping.
• When entering or inside a financial institution, like a bank
• During emergencies.
If the above criteria does not apply to you, then you must be wearing a mask when shopping at Preston Market. Your cooperation is appreciated.
For more information on FAQ relating to wearing masks, please refer to the DHHS website.