Although the wearing of masks in public is only compulsory in Victoria at the moment, masks have become a sought-after commodity all over the country.
Members of the Craft Corner in Parkes jumped at the opportunity and started making fabric masks with well over 200 already sold since last week.
With about five members making masks, the shop offers different styles, sizes and colours priced at $6 or more each.
“As soon as we get new masks in, they go,” said Rosemary Mitchell. “People are worried and want to be sure they have one in case they need it.” She said as it was also compulsory for all visitors to hospitals to wear masks, the demand was even higher.
She did want to point out that the fabric masks were not surgical masks, although some of their designs have a pocket for a filter.
The Craft Corner sewers are having trouble finding elastic for making the masks. Stocks everywhere seem to have been depleted. They are asking for any donations of spare elastic people might have at home. They are specifically looking for thin elastic. Donations can be dropped off at the Craft Corner.