The Government has just announced that wearing masks will be mandatory (with a $200 on the spot fine if you leave home without one!) and so there's been a mad rush on face masks here in Melbourne with many chemists and online stores quickly selling out of surgical and fabric masks.
To save you time, I have put together a comprehensive list of sellers - simply scroll down!
While wearing a face mask does not provide 100% protection from contracting COVID-19 it is another tool we can use to help slow the spread until we have a vaccine (potentially 12 - 24 months away).
Our COVID-19 toolbox now includes:
keep 1.5 physical distance from others
- wearing a face mask in public
- washing hands regularly with soap & water &/ or hand sanitiser
- sneezing and coughing into our elbows or a tissue
- staying home if we are feeling unwell
- calling the GP & getting tested if we have cold or flu symptoms
You can find more information about wearing face masks at the Department of Health and Human Services website here.
So, it seems that wearing a mask in public is about to become the norm for all of us in the coming months and possibly even years.
If you haven't already purchased a face mask, here's a list of places who are selling them. Please note - some are currently sold out but I'm including them in the list as I'm sure they will get more stock at some stage.
Disposable Surgical and N95 Face Masks:
- Chemist Warehouse (from $12.99 for 10 pack - $59.95 for a 50 pack): https://www.chemistwarehouse.com.au/shop-online/4713/face-mask
- Officeworks (from $4.95 single mask to $485 for 500 pack!): https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/c/workplace-supplies/workplace-safety-equipment/personal-protective-equipment--ppe-/safety-masks-respirators/disposable-masks
- Bunnings. ($10 for a pack of 10): https://www.bunnings.com.au/10pk-disposable-face-mask-sojo_p0186429
- Kmart ($10 for 10): https://www.kmart.com.au/product/10-pack-disposable-facemask-with-earloop/3008827
- Lincraft ($50 for 50): https://www.lincraft.com.au/sullivans-3-ply-face-masks-50pc
- Kogan ($39.95 for 50 pack to $69.95 for 100): https://www.kogan.com/au/shop/health-beauty/disposable-face-masks/
- Harvey Norman ($68 for 50): https://www.harveynorman.com.au/disposable-3-layer-face-mask-50-pack.html
- Dick Smith (ranges from $14.95 for personal safety pack inc. 10 masks, family packs and 100 mask packs for $69.95): https://www.dicksmith.com.au/da/shop/health-beauty/disposable-face-masks/
-Clear Collective ($29.95 plus delivery): https://www.clearcollective.com.au/
Reusable Fabric/ Fashion Face Masks:
- Bonds ($9.95 for one or $24.95 3 pack plus delivery): https://www.bonds.com.au/catalogsearch/result/?q=face%20mask
- Cotton On ($9.95 for one plus delivery): https://cottonon.com/AU/foundation-face-mask/9630171-06.html or https://cottonon.com/AU/search/?q=face mask &lang=en_AU
- Culture Kings (from $19.95 - 29.95 plus delivery): https://www.culturekings.com.au/collections/face-masks
- The Eco Mask (on sale for $15 plus delivery): https://www.theecomask.com/
- SisterWorks ($18 plus delivery): https://sisterworks.org.au/?s=mask
- Etsy (prices vary plus delivery - note some sellers are US based so your mask may take some time to arrive): https://www.etsy.com/au/
- Hey Reflecto ($29 plus delivery): https://www.heyreflecto.com.au/reflective-face-masks
- Ford Millinery ($24.95 plus delivery): https://fordmillinery.com.au/product/masks-4-mates/
- Dangerfield ($12 plus delivery): https://shop.dangerfield.com.au/all/accessories/face-masks.html
- The Social Studio ($12 plus delivery): https://tssmedicalscrubs.myshopify.com/products/reusable-face-mask?variant=35012186243233
- Everlane ($37 for 5 masks delivery): https://www.everlane.com/products/unisex-human-mask-5-tie-dye?collection=womens-all-accessories
- Reformation ($42 for 5 masks): https://www.thereformation.com/products/5-masks
- Honest Studios ($25 for one plus delivery): https://honeststudios.com.au/collections/face-masks/products/fabric-masks
- Revolve (ranges from $22.19 for one or $34.87 for a 3 pack delivery): https://www.revolveclothing.com.au/r/Search.jsp?search=face mask&d=Womens
- Madewell ($31.13 plus delivery - comes from US): https://www.madewell.com/womens/accessories/masks?intcmp=search_redirect_mask
- Tanya Taylor/ Shopbop ($50.43 plus delivery): https://www.shopbop.com/face-coverings-pack-tanya-taylor/vp/v=1/1557677339.htm
- K-Lee ($20 plus delivery): https://kleedesigns.com.au/collections/face-masks/products/australian-made-bamboo-face-mask
- ASOS ($24 plus delivery): https://www.asos.com/au/search/?q=face mask
- Topman: https://www.topman.com/search/?q=face mask
Adidas ($12 for 3 plus delivery): https://www.adidas.com.au/face-covers-m-l-3-pack/H08837.html
- Second Stitch ($18 plus delivery): https://www.secondstitch.org.au/product-page/fabric-face-mask
- Kuwaii ($19 plus delivery): https://www.instagram.com/p/CCnMX2RBRlG/
- Clear Collective ($44.95–49.95 plus delivery): https://www.clearcollective.com.au/collections/reusable-masks
- CV Tattoos ($10 plus delivery): https://cvhtattoos.bigcartel.com/product/have-it-all-face-masks
- Monster Threads ($12.95 plus delivery): https://monsterthreads.com.au/collections/cloth-face-masks
- The Social Outfit ($27 plus delivery): https://thesocialoutfit.org/products/tso29facmsk
- Etheq ($27.20 plus delivery): https://www.etheq.com/masks
- Melbourne Mask Co ($19.99 plus delivery): https://melbournemask.co/
- Christian Kimber ($28 - 29 plus delivery): https://christiankimber.com/collections/whats-new
- Par Moi ($25 plus delivery - free in AU): https://par-moi.com/collections/masks
- enolan ($25 plus delivery): https://enolan.com.au/products/fabulous-face-masks
- Yarli Creative ($35 plus delivery): https://yarlicreative.com.au/collections/protective-masks/products/yarli-creative-protective-triple-layer-washable-masks
- Bits of Australia ($15.95 plus delivery): https://www.bitsofaustralia.com.au/search?q=fabric%20face%20mask*
- Breathe Easy Australia ($39.95 plus delivery): https://breatheeasyau.com.au/
- Merino Country ($30 plus delivery): https://www.merinocountry.com/products/733-merino-face-mask
- Rudi Patootie (kids masks $15.95 plus delivery): https://rudipatootie.com.au/collections/face-masks
I'll update this list as and when I come across more - please feel free to comment below with any additional suggestions or questions.
Stay home, stay safe, and let's work together to beat this virus and save lives!