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PUBLIC Update – 4 February 2021

Mask Use during exercise

From DHHS Website, as at 4 February 2021

Do I have to wear a face mask while exercising?

If you are doing exercise or physical activity where you are out of breath or puffing, such as jogging or running, you do not need to wear a face mask. You do have to carry a face mask with you so you can wear it before or after exercising and are unable to maintain physical distance, unless you have a lawful exception.

You can choose to wear a face shield on its own while undertaking strenuous exercise.

Requirements Throughout Victoria

As of 11:59pm on 3 February 2021 new statewide restrictions are in effect:

  • The limit on the number of people gathering in a household is reduced from 30 to 15, meaning the household members plus 15 visitors (excluding children under 12 months of age).  
  • Masks are mandatory in indoor spaces, including workplaces. If you have visitors in your home, it is strongly recommended that masks are worn during the visit. Masks must be worn in indoor spaces apart from when eating or drinking.  If you are planning to leave your home – take a mask.
  • The 75 per cent ‘return to work’ cap for the private sector scheduled for Monday 8 February is paused and the current cap of 50 per cent will remain in place.

This means that:

  • You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to. There are a number of lawful reasons to not wear a face mask.
  • Fitted face masks must be worn in public indoor spaces unless you have a lawful reason not to. Face masks continue to be mandatory on public transport and when in taxis or ride share vehicles.
  • Wearing a face mask is strongly recommended when you can’t keep 1.5 metres distance from other people.
  • If you have coronavirus (COVID-19) or are a close contact and you need to leave home (or the place where you are undertaking isolation or quarantine) for a permitted reason (for example in a medical emergency) then you must wear a fitted face mask.
  • If you have any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) you must wear a fitted face mask when you leave home (for example to get tested)
  • If you are awaiting test results for coronavirus (COVID-19) and you had the test done because you have symptoms, have been otherwise required to quarantine or self-isolate, or are currently experiencing symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) but you need to leave home (for example to receive urgent medical care) then you must wear a fitted face mask.
  • In situations where you must wear a mask, you must wear a fitted face mask that covers the nose and mouth. This means that face shields, bandanas or scarves or loose snoods, or loose neck gaiters on their own are not considered a sufficient face covering.
  • A cloth face mask with three layers or a surgical mask is recommended by the Chief Health Officer, as it provides the best protection for you and others.
  • There are a number of lawful excuses for not wearing a face mask in settings where a face mask is mandatory such as illness or disability. Other reasons a person may choose not to wear a mask include where the person is:
    • under 12 years of age 
    • a student at a primary school or outside school hours care
    • in the process of being married
    • a professional sportsperson when training or competing
    • engaged in any strenuous physical exercise
    • receiving a service where it is not reasonably practicable to receive that service wearing a face covering.