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:
- All close contacts when outside their home (unless exempt from wearing a mask). Read more about these requirements
- workers who have an exemption from mandatory vaccination requirements at their workplace. Read more about these requirements.
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.
Mandatory mask wearing for travel
Masks must be worn on public transport; at airports and ports; and on board aircraft, passenger vehicles, and the Spirit of Tasmania
Mandatory mask wearing in schools and early childhood services
Mask requirements for primary and secondary schools, childcare and out of school care
Exemptions and exceptions
There are some exemptions from wearing a mask, and times when a mask can be removed
Mandatory mask wearing in high-risk settings
High-risk and vulnerable settings include hospitals, health and medical services including allied health services, aged and disability facilities and in home care, and correctional facilities
Choosing to wear a mask
Masks provide extra protection in situations where physical distancing is difficult and for vulnerable people
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