COVID masks

Information for community 

You are no longer required to wear a face mask in most indoor settings, but wearing a mask remains recommended in indoor settings where you can’t physically distance, if you have any cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, or are with people who may be vulnerable to respiratory illnesses such as influenza and COVID-19.

Face masks are mandatory for everyone aged 8 years and older in the following settings:

  • On public transport, in taxis/rideshare services and in tourism vehicles.
  • 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 of a COVID-19 case.
  • 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 or household contact and are permitted to leave quarantine (for example, because you have tested negative on a rapid antigen test).

Free masks for community members

Free N95 and KN95 face masks are available to help Victorians protect themselves and others and to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases. Packs of 10 face masks are being distributed to anyone who gets a COVID-19 test at a state testing site, and through community health services and GP respiratory clinics. They are available upon request at staffed train stations and Public Transport Victoria hubs.

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Page last updated 2 September 2022