Information about face masks in Victoria.

What does this mean I can do?

  • From 11:59pm Sunday 22 November, there are changes to the rules around the wearing of face masks. 
  • Face masks are no longer required when you are outdoors and where it is possible to stay more than 1.5 metres away from people.  
  • Use of face masks remain mandatory if you are unable to stay further than 1.5 metres away from people not in your household, such as when waiting at public transport stations, outdoor markets, walkways and thoroughfares.  
  • Face masks remain mandatory when indoors – for example, in shopping centres or at a hospital. 
  • Face masks remain mandatory on public transport, including at stations and stops (trains, trams, buses, taxis and ride share services).  
  • Face mask use indoors remains very important in settings with poor ventilation and where there are lots of people nearby.
  • You should wear a face mask when you have visitors or when you visit others if you are unable to stay more than 1.5 metres from each other. You must continue to carry a face mask with you at all times. 
  • Some industries are required to wear face coverings, as part of their COVIDSafe plan. 
  • You must wear a fitted face mask that covers the nose and mouth. This means that face shields, bandanas or scarves or loose snoods, or loose neck gaiters on their own will no longer be considered a sufficient face covering.  
  • There are a number of lawful excuses for not wearing a face mask.
  • A face mask with three layers is the option recommended by the Chief Health Officer, as it provides the best protection for you and others. 
  • Download a poster of what face masks you can and can't wear (PDF)
  • Download a poster of what face masks you can and can't wear (Word).