22nd July 2020
From midnight tonight (Wednesday 22 July) everyone must wear a mask when they are outside of their home. This rule will help reduce the spread of Covid-19.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) decided to make masks mandatory for everyone because of an increase in the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases. There will be a fine of $200 for each person outside without a mask.
There will be some reasons not to wear a face covering. For example
- those who have a medical reason
- kids under 12 years of age
- those who have a professional reason
- if it’s just not practical, like when running
You will still be expected to carry your face covering at all times to wear when you can. Find out more here.
The Hearing, Speech and Deaf Centre have shared a guide on how to make an Accessible, Deaf Friendly Face Mask. This includes a clear section of the mask so that lip reading and facial expressions can still be seen.
Important tips when communicating with a mask
- do not yell, but talk a little louder
- articulate your words clearly
- slow down, don’t talk too fast
- use your hands and your body language
- move to a quiet place if you can, and
- use alternative communication methods, such as text if required.
Everyone needs to do their bit to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. The best way for you to help is by
- wearing a mask when you go out
- wash your hands with soap and water regularly
- keep 1.5 metres between yourself and others