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Where do I still need to wear a mask in Queensland? – November 2022


Find out all the information you need to know about Queensland mask rules, and regulations regarding rapid antigen tests (RATs) in the state.

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Like the rest of Australia, Queensland has had some turbulent experiences while trying to handle the COVID pandemic. With the rise of Omicron subvariants in the state, masks and RAT kits remain hugely significant, and as such, rules and regulations exist governing their use.

To help you navigate this complex situation, we've created this guide to Queensland's mask rules and protocols around the use of RAT kits. If you need to purchase these items, head over to our guides for buying face masks and RATs in Queensland.

Queensland mask rules

There are no Public Health Directions in effect requiring you to wear a face mask in Queensland.

Masks are recommended in the following settings:

  • If you're diagnosed with COVID-19 or have symptoms of an acute respiratory infections
  • If you're a close contact
  • Wherever you can't socially distance
  • In healthcare settings
  • On public transport and rideshares
  • Indoors where you cannot socially distance
  • If you're older or at risk
  • If you are around an older person

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Different types of masks

Surgical masks and cloth masks, once considered indispensable pandemic tools, are no longer favoured by experts. Surgical masks are single-use and are often bought in bulk quantities, while cloth masks can be washed and reused, and can even be made DIY.

There is a consensus among exerts that N95, KN95 and P2 masks are far better options to protect yourself and your community from the extremely transmissible Omicron variant. All 3 mask styles are similar, forming a tight seal and filtering out 94–95% of particles.

RAT rules in Queensland

You should receive a COVID-19 test in Queensland if you have symptoms. If you test positive, you must inform your household contacts. You must report your result here.

Following a positive result, it is recommended that you self-isolate until you no longer have acute respiratory symptoms.

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How to use a RAT kit

Unsure as to how RAT kits work or need a refresher? NSW Health has produced this helpful, generic video. Keep in mind that instructions 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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