Public Health authorities may at certain times require people in Tasmania to wear face masks in public locations, as part of reducing the risk in the community, or in response to local COVID-19 cases.
Masks can be an extra form of protection at events and gatherings where it might be difficult for large groups of people to keep their physical distance.
This can be especially important at indoor events, where ventilation is reduced.
Masks help reduce viral transmission by infectious respiratory droplets and aerosols that could otherwise spread when an infected person speaks, laughs, sings, shouts, coughs, or sneezes. If the person wearing the mask is unknowingly infected, wearing a mask will reduce the chance of them passing the virus on to others.
Where masks are required, there may be some exceptions, such as:
- Children aged under 12 years or those undertaking primary education
- Those who have an exemption
- While doing certain activities , so long as the mask is replaced once those activities are finished
- Anyone who has medical certification (or other documentation from a medical practitioner) of a physical or mental health illness, condition or disability that makes wearing a fitted mask unsuitable. You will be required to show evidence from your doctor (i.e. medical certificate) if requested by an authorised person.
Reasons for not wearing a mask are not always obvious, so please be respectful of others.
Read the frequently asked questions about masks.