A host of local textile businesses are using the re-emergence of COVID-19 as a means to bolster the supply of face masks in Bathurst.
With Victoria making the wearing of masks in public mandatory from today and NSW advising their use where social distancing isn't possible, Get Hemmed and Bathurst Clothing Alterations have joined the cause to expand mask availability.
Get Hemmed co-owner and tailor Andrew Siegert said the idea stemmed from a private order for a large local organisation in town, who responded positively to the initiative.
"Because the organisation requested such a large order, we decided to start producing more masks for the rest of the community," Mr Siegert said.
"We're only in the early days of this project, but we're looking to make at least 1000 over the next month."
Get Hemmed co-owner Leanne Siegert said the face masks have been designed in accordance with government health regulations.
"The masks are available in black, navy and beige, and each mask has three layers of protection," Ms Siegert said.
"We can't produce them in any wacky colours or designs, but customers don't seem to mind as it's a matter of safety rather than fashion."
Ms Siegert said Get Hemmed has remained in business throughout the entire COVID period and has already received an outstanding response to the masks.
"We're thankful to have such a loyal customer base and a supportive landlord," she said.
Bathurst Clothing Alterations' Peter Ngo said their business has also received an overwhelming response regarding face masks.
"We only started manufacturing face masks on Monday and there has already been a substantial customer response," Mr Ngo said.
"There's a number of patterns and designs for people to chose from, and we'll keep making masks as long as the demand is there for it."
Get Hemmed is based at 82-86 George Street, while Bathurst Clothing Alterations is at 226 Piper Street.