Use of face masks on farm
This page was last updated 31 July 2020.
Under COVID-19 regulations, all Victorians have now been instructed to wear a face covering when they leave home.
In other areas of Australia, where there is a risk of community transmission of COVID-19 and physical distancing is not possible, face coverings are recommended.
Wearing a mask can help protect you and those around you by providing an additional barrier to COVID-19.
Are Victorians required to wear a face mask on farm?
As of 31 July 2020, the Victorian Premier called for a common-sense approach and gave a number of situational examples of when a mask is required:
- If you’re working on your farm alongside people who do not live in the same house as you, a mask IS REQUIRED.
Even with a mask, you should keep 1.5 metres distance between you and others.
- If you’re working alone on your farm and not coming into contact with other people, a mask IS NOT needed.
- If you’re working on your farm with people who live in the same house as you, a mask IS NOT needed.
Are there exemptions?
The recommendation to wear a face covering does not apply to children and people aged under 12 years, individuals with breathing difficulties, and those who have physical conditions that make it difficult to wear a face covering.
See the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website for details – Face coverings: regional Victoria.
Do you need to wear a mask in a vehicle?
If you are driving alone or only travelling with people from your household, you do not need to wear a face covering. You should put your face covering on before you leave your vehicle or if you wind down the window to talk to someone.
If you are driving with people for work or people you don’t live with then you must wear a face covering unless you have a lawful excuse.
See the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website for details – Face masks FAQs.
What kind of mask is appropriate?
Find out about the use of different types of masks through the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services – Face coverings: regional Victoria
What about face masks for other areas of Australia?
As of 31 July 2020, the Australian Department of Health states:
People in NSW should consider wearing a face mask in situations where physical distancing is not possible.
Wearing a mask can help protect you and those around you if you are in an area with community transmission, and physical distancing is not possible.
Visit the website for details: Australian Department of Health – Should I wear a face mask in public?
Protecting people on farm
Whether you and/or your staff are wearing a face mask or not, there are other processes you can follow on farm to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 on farm. Please refer to the following resources:
For a full list of resources, visit the Dairy Australia COVID-19 Directory, Information for farm owners and employees.