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Victoria mask rules: Where do I need to wear a mask? (June 2022)

Posted: 13 May 2022 3:45 pm

Find out all the up-to-date rules and restrictions surrounding RAT kits and protective face masks in Victoria.

COVID may be out of mind for many, but with thousands of cases continuing to pile up daily, it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. That's why the state government is maintaining certain rapid antigen test and mask rules in Victoria.

Here's a rundown of all these rules and restrictions. If you need to buy these items, check out our guides to purchasing RAT kits and masks in Victoria.

Mask rules in Victoria

You must wear a face mask in Victoria if you are over the age of 8 in the following settings:

  • On public transport, in taxis/rideshare services and in tourism vehicles
  • While in a publicly accessible space at an airport and while inside an aircraft (for ages 12 and over)
  • While visiting a hospital, care facility or any other indoor space that is a publicly accessible area in a healthcare setting, including allied health settings
  • In a public indoor space if you are a close contact
  • Working in an indoor space that is a publicly accessible area of a court or justice centre
  • In an indoor space that is a publicly accessible area of a healthcare facility, including at an allied health facility
  • Working in a resident-facing role in an indoor space at a care facility, including when not interacting with residents
  • Working in an indoor space at a prison, police gaol, remand centre, youth residential centre, youth justice centre or post-sentence facility
  • After being tested for COVID-19 and awaiting results
  • If you have COVID-19 or are a close contact and are leaving the premises for a permitted reason

Face masks are strongly recommended if you:

  • Are in an indoor setting

  • Can't physically distance, such as at entry or exit points to large events
  • Have any COVID-19 symptoms, or
  • Are with people who may be vulnerable to COVID-19

Face masks are not mandatory in the following situations:

  • Infants and children under 8 years of age
  • Students in primary school in Grade 2 and below
  • Persons who have a physical or mental health condition, or disability, which makes wearing a face covering unsuitable, including persons with obstructed breathing, a serious skin condition of the face, an intellectual disability, a mental health condition or persons who have experienced trauma
  • Persons communicating with those who are deaf or hard of hearing and visibility of the mouth is essential for communication
  • Persons for whom the nature of their work or education means that wearing a face mask creates a risk to health and safety
  • Persons for whom the nature of their work or education means that clear enunciation or visibility of their mouth is essential, for example, broadcasting
  • The person is working by themselves in an enclosed indoor space such as in an empty classroom unless or until another person enters that space
  • The person is a professional sportsperson when training or competing
  • While engaged in any strenuous physical exercise such as running or cycling
  • When riding a bicycle or motorcycle
  • When consuming medicine, food, or drink
  • When smoking or vaping (including e-cigarettes) while stationary
  • When undergoing specific dental or medical care or treatment to the extent that such care or treatment requires no face mask be worn
  • When receiving or providing a service and it is not reasonably practicable to receive or provide that service wearing a face covering
  • The person is a prisoner in a prison, subject to any policies of that prison
  • The person is detained in a remand centre, youth residential centre or youth justice centre, subject to any policies of that centre
  • The person is a resident in a post-sentence facility while they are at the facility, subject to any policies of that facility
  • When escaping harm or the risk of harm, including harm relating to family violence or violence of another person
  • When asked to remove the face mask to ascertain identity, for instance, when asked by police, security, bank, or post office staff to remove a face mask to ascertain identity
  • For emergency purposes
  • When required or authorised by law
  • Where doing so is not safe

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Different types of masks

There are 3 main types of face masks. Surgical masks are single-use and are often bought in bulk quantities. Alternatively, cloth masks can be washed and reused, and can be made DIY.

However, with the rise of the extremely transmissible Omicron variant, both of these styles of masks are considered highly suboptimal. Most experts now believe that N95, KN95 and P2 masks are far better options to protect yourself, your family and your community. All 3 mask styles are very similar. Most importantly, they all form a tight seal and filter out 94–95% of particles.

RAT rules in Victoria

If you test positive on a rapid antigen test, you must report your result to the Department of Health online or on 1800 675 398. You must isolate for 7 days and inform your contacts. If you test positive, but you don't have symptoms and you aren't a contact, the government recommends receiving a PCR test to confirm your status.

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How to use a RAT kit

Unsure as to how rapid antigen tests work or need a reminder? NSW Health has produced this helpful, generic video. Remember that instructions will vary from brand to brand.

Check out our guide to oral vs nasal RAT kits and our guide to mask rules throughout Australia.

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