Queensland mask rules: Where do I still need to wear a mask? – June 2022
Find out all the information you need to know about Queensland mask rules, and regulations regarding rapid antigen tests (RATs) in the state.
Like the rest of Australia, Queensland has had some turbulent experiences while trying to handle the COVID pandemic. As the situation currently stands, the state is recording thousands of cases every day. 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
You must wear a face mask in Queensland in the following settings:
- In healthcare settings, residential aged care, disability accommodation, prisons or detention centres
- On public transport, including while waiting on the platform or at a stop
- In a taxi, rideshare vehicle or commercial shuttle, including while waiting at a taxi rank or pick-up area
- In airports and on planes
- When outside of your home or accommodation if you have a temperature equal to or higher than 37.5 degrees, you have COVID-19 symptoms or you're awaiting a COVID-19 PCR test result
- If you're diagnosed with COVID-19, are a close contact, or are an international traveller (in accordance with other public health directions)
The following exceptions apply:
- When you are eating, drinking or taking medicine
- Children under 12
- When you are undertaking a disaster recovery or clean-up activity
- Performing work where clear visibility of the mouth is required, e.g. a speech therapist in a hospital or healthcare setting
- Where a mask needs to be removed to clearly communicate
- A person with a particular medical condition or disability
- A person who works on public transport infrastructure who does not have any interaction with the public and can socially distance (subject to your employer's requirements)
- A resident of a residential aged care facility or a shared disability accommodation service (subject to any policies or requirements of a facility or service)
- A prisoner in a corrective services facility or a detainee in a detention centre (subject to any policies or requirements of that facility or centre)
- If you are an air crew member or airport worker who is not interacting directly with passengers
- If a person is asked to remove a face mask for identity purposes
- If wearing a mask creates a risk to a person's health and safety
- In an emergency or when required by law
- In any circumstances when it's not safe to wear a mask
Buy masks in Queensland
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, and in almost all cases, rapid antigen tests are considered acceptable. If you test positive, you must isolate for 7 days, and inform your household contacts. You must report your result here.
If you do not have significant or worsening symptoms on day 7 of your isolation, you may leave isolation, with no requirement for further testing. Close contacts do not need to receive a test in Queensland unless they develop symptoms.
Buy RATs in Queensland
- Fast results in 15 minutes
- Detects Omicron variant
- Accepts Apple Pay
- Reliable results for individuals suspected of having COVID-19
- Approved for use by the Australian government
- Free shipping available
- Accepts Apple Pay
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.