Face coverings

Learn more about wearing a face covering at Monash Health sites and in the community.

Wearing a face covering at Monash Health

As per direction of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, you must wear a face covering whenever you leave your home, unless an exception applies.

Therefore, all visitors/carers entering Monash Health sites are required to wear a face covering, which can include a surgical or cloth mask. Find out more about our current visitor restrictions.

The video below shows how to properly put on, take off and dispose of a surgical mask.

How to wear a surgical mask

This video, created by the World Health Organisation (WHO), shows how to properly put on, take off and dispose of surgical masks.

Wearing a face covering in the community

If you live within metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire, from 11.59pm on Wednesday 21 July, you must wear a face covering whenever you leave your home, unless an exception applies. A face covering needs to cover both your nose and mouth. It could be a face mask or shield.

A face mask is the recommended face covering. A face mask includes any paper or textile covering designed or made to be worn over the nose and mouth to protect the wearer. It does not have to be medical grade and you can make your own. There are instructions linked below on how to make a mask.

If a face mask is not available other forms of face covering may be used such as a scarf or bandana.

A face shield means any film made from plastic or other transparent material designed or made to be worn like a visor, covering from the wearer’s forehead to below the chin area and wrapping around the sides of the wearer’s face, to provide the wearer protection.

Watch the Chief Health Officer’s video below to see how to use a cloth face mask and learn more about the current Victorian recommendations for the use of face masks at the link below.

Recommendations for using a Cloth Face mask with Brett Sutton, Victorian Chief Health Officer

The best way to protect other people against coronavirus (COVID-19) is keeping 1.5 metres apart, wash your hands often, and cough or sneeze into your elbow or tissue. Face masks add an additional protective physical barrier to protect you and your loved ones.

Face masks – Department of Health and Human Services

The Chief Health Officer recommends that adults living in areas under Stage 3 restrictions wear a face mask when outside your home if it is difficult to keep 1.5 metres apart from other people.

Translated COVID-19 videos – Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have translated the Chief Health Officer’s ‘Recommendations for using a Cloth Face mask’ video and ‘How to make a cloth face mask’ video into 14 languages.

Face coverings – supporting people with a disability

Like all Victorians living in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, people with a disability are required to wear a face covering whenever leaving their home.

The Victorian Government has made exceptions when there is a risk to a person’s health and safety, including; medical conditions, communication needs, and other individual risk factors related to disability, mental health or hearing impairment. Details of exceptions can be found at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

The below information is for people with a disability and their supports, including service providers, living and working within metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

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