Daniel Andrews has kicked off the weekend with a “sassy” tweet as Victoria celebrates another Covid milestone.
“Good morning to everyone except those wearing their mask under their nose at the supermarket,” the Premier tweeted on Saturday morning.
Victoria eased the mask regulations on November 22, meaning people no longer have to wear masks while outside if it is possible to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres.
However, face masks are still mandatory if a safe distance around people who are not from the same household cannot be maintained, like at public transport stations, outdoor markets, walkways and thoroughfares.
Face masks are still compulsory when indoors, like at a supermarket.
On Saturday, Victoria announced no new Covid cases, for the 29th day in a row, surpassing the benchmark for eliminating coronavirus.
Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services describes face masks as one of the most important ways to slow the spread of Covid-19 within the community.
Good morning to everyone except those wearing their mask under their nose at the supermarket.
— Dan Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) November 27, 2020
“The risk of transmission is highest where people are close to each other, and in enclosed spaces,” DHHS says.
“That’s why it is important to wear a face mask.”
The premier’s tweet was met with mixed reactions.
“Good on you Dan! Annoys the hell out of me. I’ve got heart/lung conditions and nearly 70 and I can cope,” one person said in response to Mr Andrews.
Someone said they “stan”a “sassy” leader.
Others accused the premier of “mask shaming” and causing “divide”.
Mandatory masks was one of the several rules Victoria implemented to bring extinguish Covid-19 cases as the state experienced a brutal second wave and some people still stand by them.
“For those complaining about masks, the virus is still out there if we can limit the spread by wearing masks even to one person it’s worth it I certainly don’t won’t a third wave,” one person said.
Another suggested maybe those who were not wearing the face masks correctly had a legitimate reason to completely forgo one, but were trying to do the right thing and cover their mouths.
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