While it might not be fashionable or mandatory yet, groups around Dubbo are taking up the task of making COVID-19 preventive face masks.
Dubbo Arts and Crafts member Jo Thomas says many members of the group have taken up the work as many people prepare to send masks to family in Victoria, or keep a reusable face mask for personal use.
"We're using all good, sturdy materials and we've got them all packaged up, they're very well made and they sell very well, everyone's really trying to be responsible and do the right thing at the moment," Ms Thomas said.
"I've just marked off about 30 of them that had been brought in over the last few days by people, I've only been in on the Friday, but there's plenty of them here at the moment."
"Keep in mind, we're not necessarily getting a huge amount of people in at the moment, given everything that's going on, but we're taking a lot of care, no one can handle them, they're all packaged up to be safe."
The masks have been made by members of the Dubbo Arts and Crafts society, with the NSW Department of Health providing guidelines for what makes an effective mask, including suitable materials and how to construct one most effectively online.
"They're just from our members here at the cottage, different members have been making them and bringing them in," Ms Thomas said.
It's been good to see people still getting involved in the craft side of thing, that's one thing that has happened in all this, it's a nice new task to take on, they're getting involved and getting to do something new."
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