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ACT mask rules: Where do I need to wear a mask? (November 2022)


Here's what you need to know about ACT's mask rules, and its regulations associated with the usage of rapid antigen tests (RATs).

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Highly transmissible Omicron subvariants are beginning to take hold in Australia. This means residents of the ACT should expect a spike in cases.

It is therefore important to be aware of ongoing rules and restrictions regarding the use of protective face masks and RAT kits.

Here's what you need to know about regulations regarding face masks and RAT kits in the ACT. If you need to buy either of these items, check out our guides to purchasing N95 masks and RATs in the territory.

ACT mask rules

You must wear a face mask in the ACT if you are over the age of 12 in the following settings:

  • When visiting or working in a high-risk setting, disability or aged care setting (including a residential premises)

Wearing a mask in the ACT is recommended in the following settings:

  • Diagnosed persons entering a public indoor space if they need to leave the home
  • Household contacts when in indoor spaces that are outside of the home or when on public transport.

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Different types of masks

There are 3 main types of face masks. Surgical masks are single-use and are often bought in bulk quantities. Alternatively, cloth masks can be washed and reused, and can be made DIY.

However, with the rise of the extremely transmissible Omicron variant, both of these styles of masks are considered suboptimal. Most experts now believe that N95, KN95 and P2 masks are far better options to protect yourself, your family and your community. All 3 mask styles are very similar. Most importantly, they all form a tight seal and filter out 94–95% of particles.

RAT rules in the ACT

If you test positive on a RAT, you must register your result on this form.

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How to use a RAT kit

Unsure as to how rapid antigen tests work or need a reminder? NSW Health has produced this helpful, generic video. Remember that instructions will vary from brand to brand.

Check out our guide to oral vs nasal RAT kits and our guide to mask rules throughout Australia.

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