Exceptions for not wearing a face maskA face mask is not mandatory in the following groups or situations:
- Infants and children under 8 years of age.
- Students in primary school in Grade 2 and below.
- Persons who have a physical or mental health condition, or disability, which makes wearing a face covering unsuitable, including persons with obstructed breathing, a serious skin condition of the face, an intellectual disability, a mental health condition or persons who have experienced trauma.
- Persons communicating with those who are deaf or hard of hearing and visibility of the mouth is essential for communication.
- Persons for whom the nature of their work or education means that wearing a face mask creates a risk to health and safety.
- Persons for whom the nature of their work or education means that clear enunciation or visibility of their mouth is essential. This includes teaching, lecturing or broadcasting.
- When attending a private residence, unless attending an inspection of real estate for the purposes of a prospective sale or rental of the property or attending an auction.
- The person is working by themselves in an enclosed indoor space such as in an empty classroom unless or until another person enters that space.
- The person is one of two persons being married, during their wedding ceremony or while being photographed at the wedding.
- The person is a professional sportsperson when training or competing.
- While engaged in any strenuous physical exercise such as running or cycling.
- When consuming medicine, food or drink.
- The person is undergoing dental or medical care or treatment to the extent that such care or treatment requires no face mask be worn.
- The person is receiving or providing a service and it is not reasonably practicable to receive or provide that service wearing a face covering.
- The person is an accused person in a criminal case in any court located in the State of Victoria and the person is in the dock either alone or with a co-accused, provided that any co-accused also present in the dock is at least 1.5 metres away from the person.
- The person is a prisoner in a prison, subject to any policies of that prison.
- The person is detained in a remand centre, youth residential centre or youth justice centre, subject to any policies of that centre.
- The person is escaping harm or the risk of harm, including harm relating to family violence or violence of another person.
- When asked to remove the face mask to ascertain identity. For instance, when asked by police, security, bank or post office staff to remove a face mask to ascertain identity.
- For emergency purposes.
- Where not doing so is not safe in all the circumstances.
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