Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced everyone must wear a face mask when out in public in regional Victoria from midnight on Sunday, August 2.

Anyone not wearing a face mask in public can be fined.

Mr Andrews said the move was designed to 'jealously guard' the low transmission rate in regional Victoria.

Free face masks for 'vulnerable' from DHHS

The Department of Health and Human Services is giving two free reusable face masks to 'vulnerable' residents in Victoria.

BCHS is a distribution point but the reusable face masks have not arrived yet so we are unable to hand them out sorry. We will let you know when they arrive.

We do have free disposable face masks for the vulnerable at our Eaglehawk and Kangaroo Flat sites with a limit of five per person in pre-packaged bags for your safety.

To see if you are eligible for the free face masks click here

To watch the video and see where to get tested in Bendigo please click the 'read more' button. Thank you.


Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has asked regional Victorians to wear face masks when out in public.

"As a further precaution we are now also encouraging regional Victorians over the age of 18 to use a face mask when they leave the house but cannot physically distance – such as on public transport or while shopping for essential supplies," the State Government said.

"While the rates of coronavirus remain relatively low in the regions, the risks of spread from metro areas remain.  If we can slow and contain the spread of the virus in regional areas with the help of masks and increased testing, we will keep our options for the regions open for the future."

VIDEO: How to choose a safe face mask or make your own and wear them correctly

We've put together a video to answer your questions about the safe face masks to choose, how to put  them on correctly or make your own.

To see face mask information sheets in Karen language please click on this link: https://bit.ly/CoronavirusRefugees

Where to get tested in Bendigo:

If you have any Coronavirus-like symptoms - cough, runny nose, fever, shortness of breath, loss of smell or taste - it's important you get tested.

These are the Bendigo testing sites:

Bendigo Health: COVID-19 Screening Clinic, Stewart Street, Bendigo. Open from 10am to 5.30pm daily.

La Trobe University School of Rural Health: Drive-thru Screening Clinic. Entry via Mercy Street. Open from 10am to 5.30pm daily.

Bendigo Respiratory Clinic: Spring Gully. Monday to Friday. Book an appointment on 1800 573 196.


Face mask video in English: 


Face mask video translated

Our special face mask video is translated below in Karen, Dari and Dinka language.

See more Coronavirus videos and information in these languages in our Coronavirus Bendigo Refugee Resource Hub: https://bit.ly/CoronavirusRefugees

Face mask video in Karen language:

Face mask video in Dari language:

Face mask video in Dinka language:


Last updated: August 13, 2020