Wearing face masks will be compulsory Wednesday night in the worst-hit coronavirus areas of Victoria from 11:59pm.
Those found without a mask or face cover in Greater Melbourne or Mitchell Shire will get $200 fined.
Mr Andrews said an order of at least 2.5 million masks was on the way to Melbourne, with the anticipated arrival of the “first important shipment” this week.
“If you are out of your home for one of the four permitted reasons, then you need to be wearing a mask and I stress – or a face covering,” Premier Daniel Andrews announced today.
“It need to stress it not be a hospital-grade mask, it not be one of the handmade masks like I was wearing when I came in today. It can be a scarf, it can be a homemade mask.”
“It’s a relatively simple thing but it’s also about embedding behaviour, which I think is just as important on the other side of this second wave as it is in bringing these case numbers down,” Mr Andrews said.
“We’re going to be wearing masks in Victoria and potentially in other parts of the country for a very long time. There’s no vaccine to this wildly infectious virus and it’s a simple thing, but it’s about changing habits, it’s about becoming a simple part of your routine.
“Most of us wouldn’t leave home without our keys, we wouldn’t leave our home without our mobile phone. You won’t be able to leave home without your mask and then wear it where it is absolutely essential to stop the spread of this virus.”
Victoria’s Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said the mandating of mark usage is an “important tool that we will use to minimise the spread of this virus”.c