Heads Up: Scarfs and Bandanas No Longer a Substitute for Face Masks


Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said on Sunday that wearing a scarf, bandana or face shield in public instead of a face mask will no longer be acceptable.

A two week grace period has begun to allow all Victorians to get a face mask if they don’t already have one.

“Some of the concessions we made as we adjusted to this new normal — things like wearing a scarf or a bandana or a face shield — will no longer apply,” Premier Andrews said in a statement.

The new requirement will be to wear a fitted face mask, which covers the nose and mouth.

The State Government has also made it clear that a plastic face shield on its own is not enough, as it doesn’t properly cover the nose and mouth.

“You can wear one if you want, in terms of your eyes, but it would need to be accompanied by a mask,” he said.

East Gippslanders are urged to make sure they have adequate stocks of face masks if they don’t already.

We’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available.