The strange things people are using instead of masks in Melbourne
Melburnians are showing off their senses of humour and eccentric style amid the coronavirus pandemic with their choice of face masks.
One man was filmed on Sunday making a late-night run to Coles for ice-cream while wearing a cone meant for animals.
“Late night run to Coles for ice cream whilst improvising with a face covering,” a woman wrote on the supermarket chain’s Facebook alongside the video.
Another man was spotted in Belgrave walking to get his morning coffee in a giant plastic bubble.
“Physical distancing in Melbourne. Rolled down the street and stopped for a single origin coffee,” a person posted on Reddit with images of the “rolly smart guy”.
During the coronavirus’ first wave in Australia, people were seen donning snorkels, gas masks and entire protective coveralls.
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People in locked-down Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire have been ordered to wear face coverings when outside their homes and other Victorians are expected to wear masks when 1.5m social distancing can't be practised.
Videos on social media of a woman challenging Bunnings workers who asked her to wear a mask to enter a store on Sunday sparked community outrage.
Stores such as Bunnings operate on private property and have a right to make requests of customers, including that they wear masks.
The woman told the Bunnings worker she was being discriminated against and the request was against the law and her human rights.
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton said the orders and associated $200 fine were not a breach of any human rights.
"The requirement for residents to wear a face mask or covering when leaving the house is a lawful directive that does not violate any rights set out under Victoria's charter of human rights and responsibilities or any international human rights instruments," she said in a statement.
"Shops, businesses and workplaces are able to refuse entry to a person not wearing a mask in order to protect the health of their staff and other customers."
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