Wearing a face mask in Healthcare settings

The Victorian Government has announced an easing of Covid-19 restrictions. As of 11.59pm, Friday 22 April 2022, you are no longer required to wear a face mask in primary schools, early childhood, hospitality and retail settings, or at events of any size.

All visitor restrictions in hospitals will be removed except for mask requirements, with health services able to tailor their own settings based on their own circumstances.

Face coverings will still be required on public transport and at airports – excluding airport workers who aren’t public facing – and in sensitive health, aged care and justice settings.

Masks are still strongly recommended when you can’t physically distance. 

You can keep up to date with further advice at coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

There are still some exceptions that allow people not to wear a face mask. These could include:

  • a medical condition that makes it difficult to breathe
  • a serious skin condition on the face
  • an intellectual disability
  • a mental health condition
  • persons who have experienced trauma.

There are other lawful exceptions including:

  • communicating with a person with a hearing impairment, where they need to be able to see your mouth for communication
  • people engaging in strenuous exercise such as jogging, running, swimming or cycling
  • those undergoing some medical treatments