Why our storytellers take their masks off for storytime



During storytime, it is important for children’s speech and language development to be able to see the presenter’s lips and mouth, and be able to read facial expressions. 

For these reasons, face masks or other face coverings are not required to be worn by the storyteller while they are filming programs for children.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has advised that face coverings are not required for those whose professions require clear enunciation or visibility of their mouth. This includes teaching, live broadcasting, early learning and day care, where a face covering would interfere with the ability to communicate with children. 

Don't worry, we're not putting our storytellers at risk. All other staff involved in the filming of our storytimes will still be wearing face masks, and we make sure that a distance of 1.5 metres is kept between storytellers and our filming crew at all times. 

Storytellers will wear a face mask while they are rehearsing and setting up their storytime, removing their face mask during filming only, then wear a face mask again when filming is complete.

Visit Face coverings – Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire to find more information about the requirements to wear a mask and any exceptions.

Stay safe. 

Updated : 11:10 AM, 24 July 2020