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Qantas and Jetstar make masks compulsory on all flights to and from Melbourne

Qantas and Jetstar will make masks compulsory for all passengers on flights to and from Melbourne from Thursday.

The airlines said they would consider extending the rule to other cities if required to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Qantas and Jetstar – as well as Virgin Australia – already offer masks to passengers for free when they board, however they are not forced to wear them. 

Other retailers across Melbourne will enforce a ‘no mask no entry’ rule after Victoria reported a record 484 new coronavirus cases. 

Wearing a mask in public will be mandatory for all residents in Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire from 11.59pm on Wednesday. 

Major stores such as Kmart, Bunnings, Woolworths and Target will refuse entry to shoppers who are not wearing the protective equipment from Thursday onwards. 

 

Bunnings General Operations Manager, Ryan Baker, said the hardware chain would require all customers to wear a mask to be permitted entry to Melbourne stores. 

‘We now require that all team members in our Victorian stores, distribution centres and trade centres wear face masks.

‘And from Thursday we will require that customers and suppliers wear a face mask or covering as a condition of entry to a Bunnings store or trade centre,’ Mr Baker told Daily Mail Australia.   

Kmart has also said shoppers would be denied entry if they failed to comply with the new Victorian Government regulations.  

‘As always, our focus continues to be the health and wellbeing of our customers and team members. 

‘To help protect our community, our friendly team members will remind those customers from Thursday that are not wearing a face covering to do so before shopping with us,’ a Kmart spokesperson said. 

A Woolworths spokesperson said the supermarket giant expected all of its staff and customers to wear a mask. 

‘The safety and wellbeing of our customers and team members is our top priority. 

‘From tomorrow, we expect customers entering our stores in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire to wear a face-covering as per the Victorian Government’s directive.

‘This policy has been agreed upon through the Supermarket Taskforce and is consistent with other major retailers,’ the spokesperson said.    

Other retailers that will deny entry for shoppers without a mask include Officeworks, JB Hi-Fi, David Jones and Myer.

Anyone found not covering their face while outside in Melbourne could risk a $200 fine. 

Exemptions include people aged under 12 and those with a serious skin or medical condition such as asthma. 

Masks do not have to be worn while conducting strenuous exercise but must be put on when the exercise is finished.   

Of Victoria’s 484 new cases, 97 are connected to known and contained outbreaks while 387 remain under investigation.  

The state’s death toll has hit 44 and there are 205 Victorians in hospital. 

 

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