From 11:59pm Sunday 2 August all Victorians must wear a face mask or face covering when leaving home.

Member for Monash, Russell Broadbent reminded residents of the importance of wearing a face mask or face coverings when leaving home from midnight on Sunday.

“While the requirement to wear a mask might feel like a significant change to our daily lives at first, wearing a face mask plays an important role in reducing the spread of the coronavirus and further protecting our community.

“We are fortunate in Gippsland that our local cases of coronavirus have remained so low compared to metropolitan Melbourne.

“However, we cannot become complacent and need to remain vigilant in maintaining good hygiene and adhering to the health directives from both our Victorian and Commonwealth health departments, including the wearing of face masks,” Mr Broadbent said.

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.

“Across my community I am seeing many creative and decorative face masks being made and I encourage everyone to look local when purchasing your face mask to wear.

“A face covering on its own is not enough to slow the spread of the virus and locals are reminded that keeping 1.5 metres between yourself and others and washing your hands are still the best defences against coronavirus.

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

“Thank you to all those in our community doing great work at keeping our local case numbers low, keep looking out for one another and remember to adhere to social distancing measures and continue to practice good hygiene by regularly washing your hands,” Mr Broadbent said.