A picture of Victoria’s chief health officer sitting at a picnic without wearing a face mask has sparked heated debate online.
Professor Brett Sutton was snapped having a picnic in Bright without wearing a face mask – something he has been advising people to wear throughout the pandemic.
However the Department of Health and Human Services website advises that “you can take your face mask off when eating or drinking”.
Some believed the image was photoshopped and Professor Sutton is yet to respond to the controversy. But others have accused the top health official of hypocrisy for breaking his own rules.
“What were his health directives? You must wear a mask and you must social distance? Do as I say, not as I do,” one person wrote.
Another said, “Why did Brett Sutton have his photo taken without a mask in the weekend in Bright? Outside, not drinking eating or exercising. All bets are now off buddy”.
One woman wrote, “He is actually supposed to be wearing a mask like the rest of us !!! If out and about on the beach anywhere !!! Unless he has an exemption he has broken his own rules !!! BRETT SUTTON has made it look confusing now !!! Just doesn‘t look good !!!”