The main reason for wearing a face mask is to protect other people. If a person is unknowingly infected with COVID-19, wearing a mask reduces the chance of them passing the virus on to others.
Physical distancing is important for everyone, particularly for people at increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness due to older age or chronic health conditions. If you cannot maintain physical distance, wearing a mask is an important protective measure.
There are situations when wearing a mask is mandatory in Tasmania. The mask must cover your mouth and nose.
It is a good idea to keep a small supply of masks at home for yourself and other household members in case you are required to wear a mask in some public spaces at short notice e.g. in areas where masks can help reduce community risk or in the event of local cases.
Read about the different situations where you might be required to wear a mask:
Face masks at Airports
When at a Tasmanian airport, or on a commercial domestic aircraft in Tasmanian airspace
Face masks – Spirit of Tasmania
When at the Spirit of Tasmania terminal, or on board a Spirit of Tasmania vessel in Tasmanian waters
Conditions for essential travellers
If you are in quarantine and have been approved to leave quarantine for a specific reason
Face masks at events and gatherings
For events and gatherings where physical distancing is difficult
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