Victorians living in Metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire will be obliged from Wednesday to wear a mask or face cover, Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said.
Currently living under stage three COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, residents must wear a mask when leaving their homes for four legal reasons-food, exercise, work or education, and care.
“If you are out of your home for one of the four reasons, then you need to be wearing a mask and I stress it need not be a hospital-grade mask, it need not be one of the handmade masks,” Andrews said.
“Any face covering is better than no face-covering.”
The rule will be enforced on Wednesday from 11.59pm to allow residents time to buy or make a face cover, and a $200 fine will be handed to anyone caught who does not comply.
“However, you will still be expected to carry your face covering at all times to wear when you can,” Andrews said.
Teachers will not have to wear a face cover while teaching, but there will be students for VCE, VCAL or on-site supervision.
On the way to and from school, everybody is supposed to wear one, the Government said.