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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Three million free face masks for Victorians 

Victorians will have access to free face masks through state-run testing sites, community health services and across the public transport network, the Victorian Government has announced. 

More than three million masks will be handed out over the next four to six weeks to help curb transmission of respiratory diseases including COVID-19. 

Any person that presents for either a free rapid antigen or PCR test will receive one box of ten N95 masks, along with instructions on how best to wear them. 

Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews said the announcement would help support the health system during the winter months. 

“Providing masks free of charge to those who need them most will help them protect themselves, their loved ones, and Victoria’s hardworking healthcare workers,” Mr Andrews said. 

Masks will also be distributed through community organisations including at multicultural, multi-faith events and Aboriginal gatherings as well as through disability service providers. 

In addition, more masks will be available from PTV hubs and staffed train stations while authorised officers and some V/Line conductors will carry masks with them to hand out as needed. 

Minister for Health, Mary-Anne Thomas said wearing a face mask was still strongly recommended indoors and mandatory in high-risk settings. 

“Wearing a mask, staying up to date with your vaccinations and ensuring indoor areas are well ventilated are all steps Victorians and businesses can take to manage their own COVID-19 risk this winter and into the future,” Minister Thomas said. 

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