Advice on Masks

The recent rise in community transmission of COVID-19 in Australia means some states and territories now recommend or require the use of masks.

Face masks are now either required or recommended in Victoria (depending on where you live) because of the higher rates of community transmission of coronavirus there. See the Victorian government’s advice on masks.

From 11.59pm on Wednesday 22 July, residents in Metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire will be required to wear face coverings in public.

People in New South Wales have been asked to consider wearing a face mask if they live or work in a hot spot area and where physical distancing is not possible.

Wearing a mask can help protect you and those around you if you are in an area with community transmission, and physical distancing is not possible, like on public transport.

While a mask can be used as an extra precaution, you must continue to:

  • stay at home if unwell
  • maintain physical distance (more than 1.5m) from other people, when out
  • avoid large gatherings and crowded indoor spaces
  • practise hand and respiratory hygiene

If circumstances change in your state or territory then the advice on masks may have to change. It’s important to stay up to date with the advice in your local area. Your state or territory government will provide this.

Find out more.


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