Victorians have been mandated to wear masks in public following a surge in community transmissions of coronavirus over the weekend.
The new rules will come into affect from 1159pm Wednesday. The penalty for going out without a mask or face covering will be $200.
The Premier Daniel Andrews has again urged the state’s citizens to err on the side of caution and to use their commonsense as the state recorded 363 new cases of coronavirus and three deaths on Saturday. This takes the states death toll to 38.
Andrews said the new rule regarding face coverings would allow Victorians to continue to go about their business.
“It still allows us to go about our business, particularly those who can’t work at home and for going shopping for the basics when you need them.”
Teachers will be exempt from wearing masks whilst teaching children under twelve, and masks are also optional for these children. It is hoped that the mandatory mask directive will help slow down transmissions.
The premier has extended Victoria’s state of emergency by one month to August 16, 2020.