Face masks

Last Updated: 02 May 2022 9:01am

Wearing a face mask is mandatory for all people aged 12 years and older (unless exempt) in these high-risk and vulnerable settings:

  • Hospitals (not patients)
  • Residential aged care facilities (not residents) and in-home and community aged care
  • Residential disability care facilities (not residents) and in-home care, including disability support provider and NDIS-funded services
  • Correctional facilities (not prisoners/detainees)
  • Health care and medical facilities and services/treatments, including allied health
  • Primary (teachers/staff/visitors only) and secondary schools (including students)
  • Early childhood services, including childcare
  • Public transport eg buses, passenger ferries, taxis and rideshare services
  • Airports and aircraft
  • the Spirit of Tasmania and ports.

Masks must also be worn by:

Masks are not required at indoor or outdoor events, regardless of the number of people attending, unless specified by Public Health when approving an event under the COVID-19 Safe Events and Activities in Tasmania Framework.

While masks are not mandatory in many settings – such as workplaces; hospitality and tourism premises; personal care; sport and recreation, retail and service sectors – businesses and organisations may require staff and/or patrons and visitors to wear masks as part of their COVID-19 Safety Plans.

Wearing a mask for extra protection

You are encouraged to wear a mask as extra protection if you are in a setting where you cannot physically distance, work in a public-facing role, or you are vulnerable to COVID-19.

Read more about how choosing to wear a mask can reduce your risk.

Keep a supply of masks at home for yourself and other household members as part of your COVID-19 Safety Kit. You should also keep a mask with you, or easily accessible at all times, as a mask could be required to be worn at short notice.

View When and how to use a face mask factsheet for more information.