Members of the public in Hong Kong, France and parts of Australia have been ordered to wear masks when outside their homes, as governments around the world attempt to stem the spread of Covid-19.
Infection rates and death tolls are rising.. allegedly.
The virus has now infected almost 14.5 million people worldwide and killed more than 605,000. (Helen Sullivan The Guardian)
“Most of us wouldn’t leave home without our keys, we wouldn’t leave our home without our mobile phone. You won’t be able to leave home without your mask,” said Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews.
But who doesn’t need to wear a mask?
Not everyone needs to wear a face covering. Reasons to not be covered include:
- People with a medical reason
- Children under 12 years of age
- For professional reasons because it stops you doing your job, for example working in a call centre
- A practical reason like when you go for a run
The Victorian Government says people must carry their face covering at all times to wear when they can.
The Premier also says “common sense should guide us”.
He says therefore you should take off your mask when entering a bank…
But why do you need to wear a mask?
Mr Andrews, the Victorian premiere says the new rule is “commonsense”, “relatively simple” and about “embedding behaviour” to bring COVID-19 case numbers down.
“We’re going to be wearing masks in Victoria and potentially in other parts of the country for a very long time,” he warns.
By Chanel Zagon
Staying inside is bad for your health. Wearing masks is bad for your health. Social distancing is bad for your health …. Whose making these rules?
“If we can see high degrees of compliance, if we see people wearing masks then that will mean it is less likely that we will have to move to things like only having exercise in your own local postcode or things like saying you can only go shopping within a certain radius,” Premier Daniel Andrews
When will this nightmare end?