Mask exemptions and exceptions

Last Updated: 11 Mar 2022 2:15pm


Where masks are required, exemptions to wearing one include:

  • Children aged under 12 years or those undertaking primary education
  • Anyone who has medical certification (or other documentation from a medical practitioner) of a physical or mental health condition or disability that makes wearing a fitted mask unsuitable
  • Residents and patients at aged care facilities, correctional facilities and hospitals

Reasons for not wearing a mask are not always obvious, so please be respectful of others.


Where masks are required, exceptions to wearing one include:

  • Eating, drinking or taking medicine – replace your mask as soon as you are finished
  • Communicating with a person who is deaf, or has impaired hearing, and visibility of your mouth is essential for the communication
  • Clear enunciation, or visibility of the mouth, is required as part of your employment or training
  • Receiving medical care or treatment that can’t be provided while wearing a face mask
  • There is an emergency and it is not practicable or safe to wear a face mask, including escaping harm or the risk of harm
  • Wearing a face mask would create a risk to your health or safety (eg creates difficulty breathing), including where use of other protective equipment – such as a full-face protective helmet - makes it impractical to also wear a face mask
  • You are requested to remove your face mask by a person in authority to ascertain or to confirm your identity
  • You are performing or rehearsing for a performance (including theatre, musical or dance)
  • You are working, or volunteering, by yourself in an enclosed indoor space, provided no other person is in the space with you
  • You are a prisoner in a prison, subject to any policies of that prison
  • You are detained in a remand centre, youth residential centre or youth justice centre, subject to any policies of that centre

At airports or at the Spirit of Tasmania seaport, people who are employed or engaged to work at the airport and who are not in public facing areas can remove their face masks.


Individuals are responsible for wearing a mask in certain settings and must supply their own mask. See the list of mandatory settings.

An operator can refuse entry to these settings if someone is not wearing a mask and does not have an exemption. Individuals may face a fine of $778.50 for failing to comply with a direction to wear a mask.

Signage is available to help promote the need for masks. Search the Keep it COVID Safe resources.