Face masks are required under the Public Health Act 1997 in the following situations:
- all close contacts must wear a mask in any indoor space outside your home (unless exempt from wearing a mask). Read more about these requirements.
- confirmed COVID-19 cases (in circumstances where they may come into contact with, or expose others to COVID-19)
- everyone aged 12 years and older who leave isolation on day 5 must wear a face mask in all settings away from the home until 7 days after they test positive
While masks are not mandatory in other situations, businesses and organisations may require staff and/or patrons and visitors to wear masks as part of their workplace health and safety practices. Please be respectful and carry a mask with you in case you need to wear one.
Wearing a mask for extra protection
Masks, along with other COVID-safe behaviours, remain an important way to help reduce the risk of COVID-19. Although not mandatory in most situations, mask wearing is still recommended in indoor settings especially where physical distancing is not possible.
Many people with COVID-19 experience very mild symptoms and may not be aware that they are sick and infectious.
Face masks, along with other COVID-19 safe behaviours, considerably reduce the risk of transmission to others and help protect people who are at higher risk of severe outcomes of respiratory illness like COVID-19 and flu.
If you are at higher risk of respiratory illness like COVID-19 and flu or are in contact with others who are, consider wearing a mask.
Some businesses and high-risk settings, such as hospitals and aged care, may choose to put in place a requirement for visitors and patrons to wear a face mask. You should also keep a mask with you, or easily accessible at all times, as you could be required to wear a mask at short notice.
Keep a supply of masks at home for yourself and other household members as part of your COVID-19 Safety Kit.