An Orange business will start sewing masks to meet increased demand and a pharmacy is keeping a close eye on its stock amid the escalation of cases in Victoria and Sydney.
Thread the Needle with 4 Fat Ladies opened in McNamara Street about three weeks ago and is planning to start making masks this week.
Co-owner Tammy Lyne said her two co-owners Jacqy Grey and Donna Knight are nurses and suggested they make the washable, re-usable masks.
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"They will be fabric but they will have a layer [that is] water proof," Mrs Lyne said.
"I've made them before I have them for my mother."
However, Mrs Lyne said this will be the first time she is making one due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to advice from the Victorian government for it's citizens, each piece of fabric for masks should be 25cm by 25cm and three layers should be used including a water-resistant outer layer, a middle layer made from fabric blends such as a cotton and polyester blend, the inner layer should be water absorbing fabric such as cotton.
Ear loops can be made from fabric scraps or elastic.
Cincotta Discount Chemist pharmacist Julie Tooth said the pharmacy did not have a mask shortage like it did when the COVID-19 pandemic started in Australia but a limit has been placed on purchases to ensure it does not run out.
"Quite a lot of people are asking for them," Mrs Tooth said.
"We've got the felt and the disposable ones at the moment."
Mrs Tooth said there did not appear to be any issue with supplies and there are orders in for more, including for cloth masks.
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