Face masks are now compulsory for most of us living on the Peninsula and in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire. You must wear one when you leave your home to shop for food or supplies, to give or receive care, to exercise, or to study or work if you can’t do so from home. Exemptions apply if you have a medical or professional reason, you’re under 12, or it’s just not practical – like when you’re running, for example – but you will still be expected to carry your face covering at all times and wear it when you can.
Victorian chief health officer Dr Brett Sutton says wearing a homemade mask, surgical mask or scarf – together with social distancing and hygiene measures – is the best way we can help keep ourselves and others safe from COVID-19 if we do have to go outside.
But single-use disposable masks are expensive in the long run and can have a considerable impact if they’re disposed of incorrectly – clogging our sewers if they’re flushed, and potentially entangling our marine and wildlife if they find their way into our waterways. A much better alternative is a reusable cloth mask – and making one yourself is not only cheaper than buying one, it’s easy and a lot of fun.
The wonderful folk at Peninsula Uniforms & Embroidery in Carrum Downs have decided to make their cloth mask design available on their website at www.peninsulauniforms.com.au/make-your-own-face-mask for anyone to have a go, and they’ve even posted a video of their “mask guru” Thi sewing one together. And don’t worry if you lack Thi’s skills – you can always buy one!
Together we can make a difference, protect the community and support local.