Face Masks Now Mandatory In Melbourne, After two weeks of triple-digit increases
in coronavirus infections, people in Melbourne must now wear Face Masks when they leave their homes
Australia has recorded about 11,800 cases of Covid-19, a fraction of what has been seen in other countries or even
some US States, but an outbreak of community transmission in Victoria has been growing,
prompting authorities to restrict social distancing.
People not wearing face coverings will be fined 200 Australian dollars ($140), said Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews.
Victoria, which has forced nearly five million people into a partial six-week lockdown on July 9,
reported 363 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, after 217 cases the previous day.
Victoria became the first state in Australia, a country of a loose federal system, to require masks for part of its population.