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


Now is the perfect time to catch up on South Australia's mask rules, and protocols regarding the use of rapid antigen tests (RATs).

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Historically one of the most COVID-free states, South Australia is likely to see a significant uptick in cases as new Omicron subvariants take hold.

There are certain rules and recommendations to follow when it comes to protective face masks and RAT kits.

Here's what you need to know about South Australia's mask rules and recommendations regarding the usage of RATs. If you need to buy either of these items, check out our guides to purchasing RATs and N95 masks in South Australia.

Mask rules in South Australia

Wearing a mask in South Australia is recommended in the following settings:

  • If you have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and you are in a public place
  • If you are a close contact and you are in a public place

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Different types of masks

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

However, with the rise of the extremely transmissible Omicron variant, both of these styles of masks have fallen out of favour. Most experts now believe that N95, KN95 and P2 masks are far better options to protect yourself and your community. All 3 mask styles are similar, forming a tight seal and filtering out 94–95% of particles.

RAT rules in South Australia

If you return a positive result on a RAT, you must register your result on this form, or by calling the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787.

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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 will be different 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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