People who are deaf or hard of hearing, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication, are not required to wear a face covering while communicating with others.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has outlined information regarding the requirement for all Victorians to wear a face covering when they leave home.
There are a number of lawful reasons for not wearing a face covering, including for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
This video published by the Department of Health and Human Services clarifies the exemption:
People with lawful exemptions will still need to practice safe physical distancing at all times, keeping 1.5 metres apart from others, washing or sanitising hands frequently and getting tested if unwell (even with mild symptoms). Find out more about staying safe.
The Department of Health and Human Services has also developed a range of badges that can be downloaded or printed to assist community members who are deaf or hard of hearing.
For up to date information and to download the badges, visit the DHHS website.