To help stop the spread of COVID-19, a six-day circuit breaker has been implemented in South Australia starting Thursday the 19th of November 2020 and it is encouraged that face masks be worn outside of the home at all times.
Wearing a face mask may seem straightforward, but a face mask does need to be worn properly to ensure its effectiveness. It should cover your nose, mouth and chin as well as the sides of your face. It cannot have holes or a valve and it cannot be wet.
Before putting on your face mask, make sure to wash and dry your hands first (or use hand sanitiser). Then take it by the ear loops and put over your ears. Do not touch or adjust the front of your face mask while wearing it, and hanging it around your neck is not recommended. To take off your face mask, make sure to wash and dry your hands first. Then remove it using only the ear loops and store it in a plastic bag for washing or dispose it by placing in a lined bin. Finally, wash and dry your hands again.
More information about face masks can be found on the SA Health website. If you are thinking of making your own cloth face masks, then do ensure that they are made of three layers of breathable fabrics for adequate protection. You can find step-by-step instructions here.