Masks mandatory in Mitchell
People moving around Mitchell Shire are being reminded to wear masks or face coverings as an added precaution against the spread of COVID-19 from 23 July. The face covering requirements apply to anyone aged 12 years and older who leaves home in Mitchell or travels to Mitchell (unless an exemption applies).
- If you live in Mitchell Shire, you must wear a face covering whenever you leave your home.
- If you're visiting Mitchell Shire for one of the approved essential reasons, you will also need to wear a face covering.
- If you are from Mitchell Shire and travelling to another area, you need to wear a face covering
Children under the age of 12 years old do not need to wear a face covering.
Children who are two years or younger must not wear face coverings as they are a choking and suffocation risk.
The Victorian Government has prepared some information and frequently asked questions about face coverings including when you should wear them, what to do with them once you've worn them and how to make them.
People living in Mitchell Shire
There are only four essential reasons people should be out and about in Mitchell under current COVID restrictions:
- shopping for essential food and supplies
- medical care and caregiving
- study or work (if you can’t do it from home)
- outdoor exercise (only with members of your household or one other person and you should stay as close to home as possible).
If you are in the car alone or with someone from your household, you do not need to wear a face covering. You should put your face covering on before you leave your car.
If you are driving your car for work, such as deliveries, or with people from outside your household then you are required to wear a face covering.
If you are doing strenuous physical exercise you do not need to wear a face covering but you must carry one with you. Strenuous exercise includes activities like jogging, running or cycling but not walking.
People leaving Mitchell Shire
People from Mitchell Shire who need to leave the shire for one of the four essential reasons also need to wear face coverings if they are in Melbourne or other areas.
People coming to Mitchell Shire from other areas
People coming to Mitchell Shire from somewhere else
People visiting Mitchell Shire for essential reasons also need to wear a face covering:
- shopping for essential food and supplies that aren’t available closer to home
- medical care and caregiving
- study or work.
If you are from a non-restricted area and driving through Mitchell Shire and don’t leave your car, a face covering is not required.
Quotes from Mitchell Shire Mayor, Cr David Lowe
While we don’t have high numbers of people with COVID in our municipality, we are close to areas that are and every little bit we can do to help protect ourselves and each other is welcome.
It’s been fantastic to see our community get behind these important safety measures and it’s been really great to see so many people interested in re-usable masks rather than disposable ones.
The businesses and individuals that have been working around the clock to supply masks locally have done a fantastic job. They are working so hard to provide a re-usable option and I really do extend my thanks to them.
While we don’t have high numbers of people with COVID in our municipality, we are close to areas that do and every little bit we can do to help protect ourselves and each other is welcome.
It feels a bit strange to wear a face covering at first and we all need to learn how to wear them and take them off, but you soon get to used it. Continue to be kind to each other and, if you see someone without a mask, chances are there is a good reason for that.
It’s important that we don’t get complacent just because we are covering our faces. We also need to keep being vigilant with other safety measures such as washing and sanitising our hands and keeping our distance from others when we are out.
This page was last updated on 27 July 2020.