Face masks will be mandatory in parts of the Australian state of Victoria from midnight on Wednesday as cases in the region continue to rise.
Daniel Andrews, Premier of Australia’s Victoria State, said Sunday that people within metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire would be fined 200 Australian dollars ($140) if caught not wearing a face covering.
Andrews said Victoria had recorded 363 new Covid-19 cases Saturday, bringing the state’s total to 5,696 cases.
“We are going to be wearing masks in Victoria, and potentially in other parts of the country for a very long time,” Andrews said.
“There is no vaccine to this widely infectious virus. And it’s a simple thing but it’s about changing habit and it’s about it becoming a simple part of your routine.