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Face masks

Do I need to wear a face mask  when dining out? 

You must wear a fitted face mask when you leave home, unless an exemption applies. You can take your face mask off when seated and eating or drinking.  

When taking your face mask off, make sure you do not touch the front of the mask (remove by the sides) and keep it in a bag so it remains clean. You should maintain physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres and practice good hygiene. Face masks must be worn at other times including when paying for the meal, using the facilities or to step outside to take a call. 

Eating and drinking should not be used as an excuse not to wear a face mask. You must use common sense and wear a face mask at all times where possible.  

Do I need to put on a new face mask after  I take it off to eat or drink? 

If you are using  face  mask, it is best if you put on and take it off holding the sides and not touch the front of the mask. Keep it in bag when you are eating or drinking so that it remains clean. If it is not possible, you should change your face mask. Make sure to wash your hands with soap and water before you put on your face mask. 

If you are using a reusable face mask you should carry a paper bag or zip lock bag with you to carry clean masks and keep them clean. If it is not possible, make sure to wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand gel before you put on your face mask. 

You should always wash your hands before and after changing your face mask. 

Do I need to wear a face mask when picking up takeaway? 

You must wear a  face mask  when leaving your home, unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so. Even with a face mask, you should keep at least 1.5 metres distance between yourself and others.

Can hotels and restaurants in regional Victoria open? 

Yes, hotels and restaurants in regional Victoria can open for seated service of food and drinks.  

Restrictions apply to businesses including:  

  • You can dine in or sit with a group of up to 10 people.  

  • You can order a drink while seated, without needing to order food. 

  • If you are dining in or having seated service, then businesses must record your details for contract tracing.  

  • Businesses can serve customers outdoors. The maximum number of people who can be seated outdoors is 70 people. Smaller venues can seat a smaller number of customers, in line with density requirements. 

  • Businesses can serve customers indoors. The maximum number of people who can be seated indoors is 40 people in a venue. Smaller venues can seat a smaller number of customers, in line with density requirements. 

  • Groups must be spaced at least 1.5 metres apart, and tables must be cleaned after every customer.  

  • To keep their staff and customers safe businesses cleaning, signage and record keeping requirements apply. 


Further information provided by Victoria Government CLICK HERE