Face masks may be required locally as part of community risk-reduction measures. This includes when travellers to Tasmania are not required to quarantine but have been to an area that has since been identified to have had COVID-19 cases in the community and is declaring exposure sites as part of contact tracing.
Travellers aged 12 years and older who have been in an area with high-risk exposure sites could be required by Tasmanian Public Health Services to wear a mask when they are in public, including in the workplace and in schools, and take other precautions like limiting their movement in the community and avoiding gatherings. The requirement to wear a mask does not apply once 14 days have passed since leaving the high-risk area, as long as the person does not have any COVID-19 symptoms.
While these travellers may pose a relatively low risk to the broader community, following COVID-safe behaviours and taking these additional precautions further reduces the risk, should a person in Tasmania later find they have had contact with a case at an exposure site.
These requirements will be detailed on the Travel Alert page.
Wearing a mask reduces the risk of passing on the virus, should a person unknowingly be infected.
Where masks are required, certain exceptions apply, 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.