Free face masks for vulnerable Cardinia Shire residents

Published: 5 August 2020

Eligible Cardinia Shire residents can access free masks via a number of local pharmacies and stores across the shire.

This Victorian Government initiative is designed to protect vulnerable community members during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as well as help reduce the spread of infection across the community.  

People eligible for free masks include those with chronic and complex conditions that increase their risk of infection, people who are homeless, in insecure housing or living in high density housing such as residential facilities or public housing, Aboriginal people, and people living with disability or mental illnessCarers of vulnerable peoplesuch as those with mental illness or disabilityare also eligibleThe full list of eligibility criteria is available on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website.  

Community members who meet the DHHS eligibility criteria can visit the locations listed on Council’s website to collect an allocation of single-use face masks. Reusable face masks will also be available soon through the program.  

Council is partnering with the DHHS and local businesses and service providers to deliver the program to the local community.   

Cardinia Shire Mayor Councillor Jeff Springfield said the initiative would help some of the shire’s most vulnerable community members 

The program is positive step towards protecting our community members who may become very ill with coronavirus (COVID-19), or who might not be able to source a face covering.  

“Supporting vulnerable Victorians and our essential health workers at this time is crucialCouncil is proud to be part of this initiative, and we thank the local businesses involved for helping to provide this important service, Cr Springfield said.  

DHHS advise that it’s very important for everyone’s health that single-use masks are not used more than once, and that reusable masks are washed after each time they are worn.  Anyone without access to masks is urged to visit one of the collection points to obtain their free masks – and those who know someone in this situation are encouraged to let them know about this program.   

Residents are reminded to dispose of single-use face masks and gloves in their household rubbish bin. As disposable face masks aren’t recyclable, please don’t put them in your recycling bin or allow them to become litter in our streets or waterways. 

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