New mask rules: Where to buy masks in NSW and Sydney right now
Face masks are now recommended in NSW; these are the stores offering express delivery to get yours quick.
Specifically, these are:
- New South Wales hotspots
- Public indoor spaces where social distancing is not possible, such as supermarkets and public transport
- By public-facing employees such as hospitality and supermarket staff
- Places of worship
NSW Health further recommends masks be worn in taxis, rideshare and hire cars.
"People should continue to maintain their physical distance – it is our most effective weapon. However, if you find yourself in a situation where you can't maintain your physical distance you should wear a mask," Berejiklian said.
This follows a ruling on 24 July that all hospital staff must wear a surgical mask when within 1.5 metres of patients. Patients and hospital visitors must also wear masks where possible. Children under the age of 12 are exempt.
Heading to the supermarket, onto public transport or your local pub and don't have your mask yet? These online stores offer shipping to Sydney in under three days and have stock at the time of writing.
Breathe Easy Australia
Based in Newcastle, Breathe Easy sells multi-layer, reusable cotton masks with filters that can be dispatched in a hurry. Orders generally arrive within 5-10 days however you can get yours as soon as tomorrow with express shipping.
Reusable mask supplier Clear Collective dispatches from Sydney within 1-3 business days. Range includes reusable and disposable masks and masks with or without valves. Same-day express shipping is available to addresses within 30km of the CBD. This is valid for in-stock masks purchased before midday.
Quality Medical Supplies
100% Australian owned and operated, Quality Medical Supplies supplies N95 face masks, disposable surgical masks and face shields. All items are shipped from Sydney via Australia Post for speed. Delivery is estimated to take within 1-3 business days to arrive.
Australian Mask Specialist
This online retailer has stock of KN95, 3-ply protective disposable and reusable face masks. Australian Mask Specialist's warehouse is in Victoria and delivery to New South Wales takes 2-7 days. Alternatively, you can have your masks sent via express delivery within 1-3 days.
A small Australian business that stocks TGA approved N95 and 3-ply disposable masks in multi-packs and wholesale quantities. It also sells reusable P1/P2 masks in single and multi-packs. With its warehouse in Canberra, delivery to Sydney from Clinical Supplies is estimated to take 1-3 days.
The electronics retailer sells a wide variety of masks, including N95, surgical, reusable, commercial and 3M masks with fast dispatch and delivery. Orders are fulfilled within 1-5 business days. Express shipping can bring that down to 1-2 business days.
This Australian DIY store stocks KN95 dust masks, KN95 respirator masks and disposable face masks at low prices. All in-stock masks can be delivered within 2-5 business days. For faster delivery, click and collect and drive and collect are available.
Known for its fast fashion, ASOS now stocks non-medical-grade cloth masks, facial coverings and bandanas in a variety of prints. Orders are delivered within two working days to metro areas when ordered by midday Monday to Friday.
Discount pharmacist Chemist Warehouse has multi-packs of single-use and N95 masks on sale online. Delivery to Sydney metro takes up to 2 business days.
Home to all your business solutions, Officeworks sells P2, respiratory, surgical, KN95 and fabric masks to protect you and your employees. Only some masks are available to purchase online and customer buying limits apply. Orders to metro Sydney can be delivered by the next business day. Otherwise, click and collect is an option.
Delivery times can vary but the beauty of eBay is that you can filter results for speedy shipping. Click the "Guaranteed 3-day delivery" button at the top of the search results to find them.
Sydney-based stores stocking face masks
Being based in Sydney, these online stores may be able to deliver to New South Wales addresses faster than interstate stores:
- Clear Collective – Same day delivery available to metro Sydney locations when purchased before midday
- Quality Medical Supplies – Delivery in 1-3 business days
- Kurly Wurly Bar – Currently pre-order only with shipping from 7 August. Deliveries take 3-4 days across Australia
For a more extensive list, check out our guide on where to buy face masks in Sydney.
Alternatives to face masks
If your face mask hasn't arrived yet and you'd like to cover your face in public settings, other forms of face coverings include a bandana, scarf and handkerchief.
Want more help with masks? Check out our overview of face masks, how to choose the best one, what doctors recommend when using them, the rules that apply in Australia and our regularly-updated guide on where to buy masks.