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Face masks now mandatory in Sydney

Jan 4, 2021

Face masks are complusory in the following indoor settings:

  • Retail, supermarkets and shopping centres
  • Public and shared transport
  • Indoor entertainment including cinemas and theatres
  • Places of public worship
  • Hair and beauty premises
  • Tattoo parlours
  • Massage parlours
  • Betting agencies
  • Gaming areas in licensed premises

Face masks are also mandatory for all employees in:

  • hospitality venues for employees in customer-facing roles
  • gaming areas in licensed premises including casinos.

Masks on public transport

You must wear a mask on public transport including a taxi or a rideshare service.

You must also wear a mask when you are at a public transport waiting area which includes:

  • the station area and platform of a passenger railway or light rail station
  • a ferry wharf
  • a bus stop or light rail stop, including any area where persons queue or gather when waiting at the stop
  • a taxi rank, including any area where persons queue or gather when waiting at a taxi rank.

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Type of face masks required

Disposable and cloth masks are available from supermarkets, pharmacies and hardware stores. If you’re looking for a little more flair and fashion with your face covering, you can pick up a bespoke design.

Under the public health order, a fitted face covering means a mask or other covering that:

  • fits securely around the face
  • is designed or made to be worn over the nose and mouth to provide the wearer with protection against infection.

Fines apply

You may be fined $200 on the spot for not wearing a face mask.

There are also penalties for hospitality venue operators who fail to ensure their staff wear masks as required.

The fines are $1000 for an individual and $5000 for a corporate operator.

Children aged 12 and under are exempt but are encouraged to wear masks where possible.

Full list of premises where you need to wear a mask

People who enter or work in the following premises will be required to wear a mask:

  • Retail or business premises that provide goods or services to members of the public, including
    • supermarkets
    • shopping centres, but not a recreation facility in a shopping centre
    • banks
    • post offices
    • Service NSW centres
    • hairdressing salons
    • nail salons
    • beauty salons
    • tanning salons
    • waxing salons
    • spas
    • tattoo parlours
    • massage parlours
    • betting agencies
    • gaming lounges
  • Entertainment facilities
  • Gaming areas in licensed premises including casinos
  • Premises used for public worship or religious services
  • Visitors at residential aged care facilities

A mask is not a substitute for good hand hygiene and physical distancing

Remember, the best ways to protect yourself and others against Covid-19 remain:

  • practicing physical distancing and avoiding crowds
  • washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap, or an alcohol-based hand-rub
  • coughing or sneezing into your elbow or tissue
  • staying home if unwell.

Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 should get tested.