Face masks look set to become the norm in Victoria amid fears of tighter restrictions and warnings of further coronavirus deaths.
Another life was lost in the state on Wednesday while 238 new cases were recorded, making it the 10th day in a row the state has recorded a triple-digit increase.
Last Friday, health authorities in Victoria encouraged people in locked-down metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire to wear face masks when social distancing wasn’t possible.
Since then, mandatory use of face masks was imposed on health workers at aged care facilities and home care providers across Victoria’s locked-down areas.
Victoria Police on Wednesday recommended its officers wear masks within their stations, including where no contact with the public occurs.
Victorians will also be expected to wear masks in the state’s courts, where disposable masks will be available at entrances before security checks.
In spite of the stern messages sent out by different authorities, some Victorians are still not heeding the warnings.
There have been 546 fines issued since the stay-at-home directives were reintroduced throughout metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.
Some of the fines issued include a party of 34 people at a short-term rental in Docklands, two men playing Pokemon Go and a man refusing to leave a KFC restaurant.