Face masks are now mandatory for all Victorians.
For Melburnians, it's old hat, we've been doing it for a while now. But it's new for those in regional Victoria.
Where Can You Buy Face Masks?
You can, stock permitting, get them from chemists, Bunnings Warehouse (click-and-collect), and even major supermarkets. A range of great businesses in Melbourne are now also making masks for you to sport, and they look great.
Here are the best places to buy face masks in Melbourne. And keep in mind that stock levels will fluctuate a lot given current demand, keep an eye out for announcements made on-site.
- Christian Kimber | Melbourne fashion designer, Christian Kimber, has designed three different styles of face mask. They're all available for pre-order now. Order your Christian Kimber face mask here.
- The Social Studio | The studio produces Australian-made medical scrubs, and are also making medical-grade face masks. They are restocking daily at 9am, order here.
- Second Stitch | Is a not-for-profit organisation that employs women from asylum-seeker and refugee backgrounds, with profits going to help those in need. Buy their masks here.
- Par Moi | Garments made by Par Moi are designed, drafted, cut, and sewn in Melbourne. Check out the range of patterned masks here, more stock coming soon.
- E Nolan | Has a range of patterns available in their face masks. They're made right here in Melbourne and come in two different sizes. Buy them here.
- Sisterworks | Is a not-for-profit helping migrant women to make a living in Victorian. The 100% cotton face masks follow DHHS guidelines. Buy them here.
- Yarli Creative | Masks are made by Yorta Yorta Dja Dja Wurrung and Gamilaroi woman Madison Connors. The masks feature Yarli Creative original Aboriginal artwork. Order them here.
- Pazadz | Designed in Melbourne, these elastic masks come in a range of bright colours. Order them here.
- The Iconic | Has a range of hygiene kits available that include face masks. Plenty of stock available and in a range of colours. Buy them here.
- Bonds | Bonds is creating 100 percent cotton masks with adaptive cooling technologies, sold in packs of three. They've currently sold out, but will be restocking here soon.
- Arsndorf | Melbourne-based sustainable label Arnsdorf is producing masks made from their GOT certified organic cotton fabric offcuts. Manufactured in Australia and sewn in the B-Corp Arnsdorf Atelier in Melbourne, these reusable face masks comprise of three layers of organic cotton, with organic cotton rib binding for personal community use. Check here to shop.
- HoMie | Our favourite Melbourne-based streetwear label slash social enterprise HoMie is bringing the goods with their own face masks. As with any HoMie purchase, 100% of the profits go to homelessness and people in need. These masks aren't available yet but are due to drop in August. Keep an eye out here.
- Kathamndu | Kathmandu has created an antimicrobial Paladin face mask that combines two wool-based technologies that work together to reduce the build-up of moisture and heat. They have currently sold out but you can check for re-stocks here.
- Madame Sustainable | Has a range of masks available including bulk packs. Order here.
- Culture Kings | Has a ton of different face mask styles available. Check out the range here.
- Snooza | Is sending a free face mask with any order delivered in Victoria. The pet goods brand has a range of hand-made masks created in their Cheltenham factory. Order here.
- ST. ALi | The Melbourne coffee giant has created a range of face masks and snoods. Check them out here.
- A.BCH | Currently on back-order, you can pre-order your A.BCH cotton mask and it'll be with you in two weeks. Order here.
- Straker | Has had a ton of orders and is currently closed, but will reopen from 8am Wednesday 12 August. Head here for more information.
- Oski + Lottie | Has a large range of patterned linen face masks that have been designed and made in Melbourne using natural fibres. Order here.
What Are The Different Types Of Face Mask?
Advice from Victoria's Department of Health & Human Services:
"The term ‘face mask’ includes cloth masks and single-use face masks (commonly called surgical masks). Both masks are suitable for use to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Cloth masks are any nose and mouth covering made of washable fabric. We recommend a cloth mask made of three layers of a mix of breathable fabrics to ensure adequate protection. It does not need to be surgical quality to be effective.
Surgical masks are made with a non-woven meltblown polypropylene layer and available in various levels of protection. These are single-use masks only so can’t be washed and used again.
There are other types of masks and respirators (such as P2 or N95). These are not recommended for use in the community and not advised to be used outside of healthcare or specific industries under health advice."
Can I Make My Own Face Mask
Yes, you can.
The below video was published by the DHHS, watch it and find out how you can make a mask out of garments you have lying around the house.
Keep up to date with the latest lockdown news for Melbourne here.
Image credit: Second Stitch