Mandatory mask wearing in health and aged care settings

Last Updated: 22 Dec 2021 10:38am

Masks in health care settings

Under Public Health Directions masks must be worn in a number of health care settings.

In addition, certain workers in a wide range of healthcare settings, who are required to be vaccinated under Public Health directions but are unable to be vaccinated due to a medical contraindication, must wear a fitted face mask whilst on the premises of a health care setting.

To help protect the most vulnerable in our community (and those who care for them) you must wear a face mask if you are in or on the premises of:

  • A public hospital
  • A private hospital
  • A day-procedure facility

Face masks do not need to be worn by patients once they are admitted to a hospital or day-procedure facility.

Certain workers in a wide range of health care settings, who are required to be vaccinated but who are unable to be vaccinated due to a contraindication, must wear a fitted face mask whilst on the premises of a health care setting. To see if you are a worker who is required to be vaccinated see ‘Health care settings.’

Read more about public hospital patient visitation.

Masks in aged care settings

From Wednesday 15 December 2021, all visitors to aged care homes will need to wear a mask. This means that you must wear a mask while:

  • Visiting an aged care resident in their room
  • When in shared spaces of an aged care facility i.e. common rooms
  • Outside on the premises of an aged care facility e.g. spending time with a resident in the garden of a residential facility.

Read more about visits to aged care facilities.