Using face masks

This page contains information on face masks and how to wear them, as well as a list of mask suppliers.

From 11.59pm Sunday 22 November 2020, Victorians 12 years and older are not required to wear a fitted face mask when leaving home, if they can stay 1.5 metres away from people that they don’t live with.

Face masks remain mandatory when indoors – for example the supermarket or on public transport. This includes when in commercial passenger vehicles and ride shares.

You must continue to carry a face mask with you at all times for use when needed.

The fitted face mask must cover the nose and mouth. This means face shields, bandanas or scarves on their own are not considered sufficient face covering.

There are exemptions for individuals with breathing difficulties, and those who have physical conditions that make it difficult to wear a face mask. If you are driving on your own in a vehicle for work, you do not need to wear a face mask. When you leave your vehicle or need to interact with others, you should put on a face mask.

If you are travelling with others outside your household, including passengers or other people from your work, you must wear a fitted face mask. You must continue the required hygiene and cleaning practices to prevent coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission.

See the Department of Health and Human Services website for more information.

If you are unwell, stay at home and get tested.

Face masks and glasses

If a face mask is causing a safety risk, for example causing glasses to become foggy, appropriate action should be taken to ensure the situation is safe.

If you wear glasses you can try the following things to avoid them fogging up:

  • washing the glasses with disinfectant, detergent or apply lens cleaner
  • put your glasses over the face mask, ensuring it is pinched at the nose
  • use Micropore tape (available at all pharmacies) to tape the face mask along the bridge of your nose and cheeks, then put the glasses on top
  • put a folded tissue across the bridge of your nose, then put the face mask on and your glasses on top.

If the safety risk continues, discuss the matter either with your BSP or CPVV at safety@cpv.vic.gov.au

Face masks

Please note that you are required to keep a minimum 1.5 metres distance from others during coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions in Australia.

World Health Organization videos

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Face mask suppliers

Business Name

Contact

Australian made

Indigenous registered

Type

Material

Medical Grade

The Ark

david@theark.com.au
www.theark.com.au

Yes

Yes

Washable

Cloth – 100% cotton

No

Aspen Medical

cfitzgerald@aspenmedical.com

Yes

No

Disposable

Naturalena Medical Masks & N95 Medical Respirator

Yes

Yogitown

https://www.yogitown.guru/buy-reusable-face-mask

Yes

No

Washable

Cloth – 100% cotton

No

Bellelis

https://bellelis.com.au/products/face-cloth-mask

Yes

No

Washable

Cloth – 100% cotton

No

Kleedesigns

https://kleedesigns.com.au/collections/face-masks/products/australian-made-bamboo-face-mask

Yes

No

Washable

Cloth – 100% bamboo

No

Clear Collective

https://www.clearcollective.com.au/collections/reusable-masks

Yes

No

Washable

Cloth – cotton

No

Hey Reflecto’o

https://www.heyreflecto.com.au/reflective-face-masks

Yes

No

Washable

Cloth – hemp lining with outer fabric

No

Factorie Geelong

https://factorie.com.au/search/?q=face+masks&lang=en_AU

No

No

Washable

Cloth - cotton

No

Merino Country

https://www.merinocountry.com/products/733-merino-face-mask

Yes

No

Washable

Cloth – 100% merino wool

No

New Model Beauty Queen

https://nmbq.com.au/collections/reusable-masks

Yes

No

Washable

Cloth – TNT woven fabric

No

Australian Face Masks Carrum Downs Vic

https://www.australianfacemasks.com.au/

Yes

No

Washable

Cloth – 100% cotton

No

Face Masks Australia

https://www.cloth-face-masks.com.au

Yes

No

Washable

Cloth – 100% cotton

No

Buying personal protective equipment (PPE)

The guide linked below covers information on what you need to know when purchasing PPE including:

  • common types of PPE and how they are used
  • tips to avoid poor quality products
  • your rights as a consumer
  • information on Workplace Health and Safety duties.

The resource has been developed by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) buyers guide COVID-19