Starting midnight this Sunday, all Victorians will be required to wear a face mask outside their houses, wherever they may be staying.
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has announced that face coverings will become compulsory for regional Victorians from 11.59pm on Sunday, August 2.
For a week, face masks were compulsory in Melbourne and in the Mitchell Shire.
Anyone who fail to wear a mask outdoors will get fined $200.
Mr Andrews said in a press conference today that these measures were “essentially the fourth stage”
“I understand this will a big step for some. But by covering your face, you’re protecting your community, and protecting those extra freedoms your community enjoys,” Mr Andrews said.
“By covering your face, you’re keeping local businesses open, and keeping local people in work.
“There are, unfortunately, other changes we need to make.”
Exemptions from wearing a face mask include safety considerations and strenuous workout bouts.
Furthermore, residents of a number of local government areas will be restricted from meeting people or getting visitors at home from 11.59pm today.
Among these are: Colac-Otway, Greater Geelong, Surf Shore, Moorabool, Golden Plains and Queenscliffe Borough.
“The data is telling us that outside work, this is the single greatest cause of transmission in these communities,” said Mr Andrews.
“People are visiting friends and family – and taking the virus home with them.
“It makes sense. These are the kind of places we let our guard down. We relax, we get comfortable and we forget all the rules about keeping safe.”