BASS Coast Health (BCH) is urging the community to continue to wear face masks and not gather in homes – as per the health advice – as more COVID cases arise locally.
“We have noticed an increase in the number of people flouting public health directives by not wearing masks and also coming together in homes,” BCH chief executive officer Jan Child said.
“Doing so significantly heightens the risk of the extremely virulent Delta strain of COVID spreading and infecting you or your partner, children, family or friends.”
COVID spreads via droplets; by not wearing a mask, you can spread COVID to others and also contract it.
Masks must fit you well and be worn properly by covering your mouth and nose, without gaps.
COVID also spreads easily in confined spaces, such as houses, and that’s why visitors continue not to be permitted in private homes, the health service said.
“We have seen how a few parties in private homes for the AFL grand final led to COVID spreading and that is proof that the virus spreads easily inside,” Ms Child said.
People who do not wear a face mask when required and do not have a lawful exemption can be fined $200.
People found to be breaching gathering directions in the home or outside can be fined $5452.
Ms Child is also encouraging people to be vaccinated against COVID, if they have not done so already.