Media release: Re-usable Masks now available at CHIRP Community Health

8th September 2020

CHIRP Community Health has re-usable cloth masks from DHHS available for those unable to provide their own mask.

“All Victorians aged 12 years and over must wear a face covering when they leave home unless they have a lawful reason not to. But purchasing masks may not be an option for those in financial difficulty,” Allied Health and Wellbeing manager Deb McCarthy said.

“Wearing a face covering helps keep you and others safe. Coronavirus is spread from close contact with a person with coronavirus. Face coverings help stop droplets spreading when someone speaks, laughs, coughs or sneezes, including someone who has coronavirus but feels well.

“We have these masks available free of charge so that everyone can protect themselves from Coronavirus regardless of their income. Re-useable masks need to be washed to remain effective, so those unable to afford spare masks are also welcome to collect one.”

Reusable masks are available from CHIRP Community Health where staff can provide advice on how to wear the mask correctly and keep it clean so that it remains effective. Alternatively, the masks are available at other locations in the shire – Harcourt, Campbells Creek, Chewton, Newstead and Taradale and Elphinstone Post Offices. The Maldon Community Pantry can also deliver the re-usable masks in the Maldon area and can be contacted by calling Maldon Neighbourhood Centre on 5475 2093. They are also available at Maldon and District Community Bank and the Guildford General Store.

No appointment is necessary to pick up a mask at CHIRP Community Health.

Call CHIRP Community Health on 5479 1000 if you have any further queries about masks, or you can refer to the DHHS website

The website also includes details on exemptions to wearing a mask.

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