Face masks are required when outside the home in any indoor setting throughout Victoria, when not seated.
It is also recommended that each of us uses a mask even outdoors when we can't distance physically from other people.
You’ll find further guidance on face masks at this page
. It explains when you are required to wear a mask in community settings, and what exceptions apply.
Note that your face covering needs to be a fitted face mask rather than a loose scarf, bandana, neck gaiter, or unsealed face shield, and that this requirement is enforcible.
Official guidance notes that the point of wearing a mask is chiefly to protect other people from the possibility you have COVID-19. A mask helps contain your coughs or sneezes, which can transmit the disease. A mask also presents a barrier to your inhaling infectious material released by others.
AQA continues to respond to advice from health authorities on the use of face masks and other PPE when delivering care at a client’s home. As of 24 December 2021, that advice requires that staff wear face masks at all times indoors, and outdoors whenever physical distancing of 1.5 metres or more cannot be maintained, in line with broader community guidance. Clients are encouraged to wear masks also.
It is no longer mandatory to wear face-shields or other eye protection when working with healthy clients.
AQA encourages support staff and clients to discuss how they shall use PPE when delivering and receiving care.