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Tasmania mask rules: Where do I need to wear a mask? (June 2022)

Posted: 30 May 2022 3:30 pm
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Here's what you need to know about Tasmania's rules and regulations on mask-wearing and the usage of rapid antigen tests (RATs).

As the Omicron variant shattered COVID-zero plans around Australia, relatively virus-free areas of the country have become far more exposed. This has led to the maintenance of rules regarding protective face masks and RAT kits.

Here's what you need to know about the rules that exist on face masks and RATs in Tasmania. If you need to buy these items, check out our guides to purchasing N95 masks and RAT kits in the state.

Tasmania mask rules

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

  • All close contacts when leaving the home
  • All workers who have an exemption from mandatory vaccination requirements in their workplace
  • Hospitals (not patients)
  • Residential aged care facilities (not residents) and in-home and community aged care
  • Residential disability care facilities (not residents) and in-home care, including disability support provider and NDIS-funded services
  • Correctional facilities (not prisoners/detainees)
  • Health care and medical facilities and services/treatments, including allied health
  • Primary (teachers/staff/visitors only) and secondary schools (including students)
  • Early childhood services, including childcare
  • Public transport such as buses, passenger ferries, taxis and rideshare services
  • Airports and aircraft
  • The Spirit of Tasmania and ports

Exemptions and exceptions include the following:

  • Children aged under 12 years or those undertaking primary education
  • Anyone who has medical certification (or other documentation from a medical practitioner) of a physical or mental health condition or disability that makes wearing a fitted mask unsuitable
  • Residents and patients at aged care facilities, correctional facilities and hospitals
  • Eating, drinking or taking medicine – replace your mask as soon as you are finished
  • Communicating with a person who is deaf or has impaired hearing, and visibility of your mouth is essential for the communication
  • Clear enunciation or visibility of the mouth, is required as part of your employment or training
  • Receiving medical care or treatment that can't be provided while wearing a face mask
  • There is an emergency and it is not practicable or safe to wear a face mask, including escaping harm or the risk of harm
  • Wearing a face mask would create a risk to your health or safety (such as causing difficulty breathing), including where the use of other protective equipment such as a full-face protective helmet makes it impractical to also wear a face mask
  • You are requested to remove your face mask by a person in authority to ascertain or confirm your identity
  • You are performing or rehearsing for a performance (including theatre, musical or dance)
  • You are working, or volunteering or by yourself in an enclosed indoor space provided no other person is in the space with you
  • You are a prisoner in a prison, subject to any policies of that prison
  • You are detained in a remand centre, youth residential centre or youth justice centre, subject to any policies of that centre
  • At airports or at the Spirit of Tasmania seaport, people who are employed or engaged to work at the airport and who are not in public-facing areas can remove their face masks

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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, 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 Tasmania

The Tasmanian government's official advice treats RAT kits and PCR tests similarly. You should perform a RAT or PCR test if you have COVID-19 symptoms, if you are a close contact or if you are otherwise directed to perform a test by Tasmanian Public Health. However, individuals who live with a medical condition listed here should perform a PCR test rather than a RAT.

If you return a positive result on a RAT, you must register your result on this form or by calling the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738. If you receive a positive result, you're required to isolate for 7 days after being tested. You can leave isolation on day 7 if you have no symptoms. If you still have symptoms, you should isolate for 3 additional days.

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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 guides to oral vs nasal RAT kits and the mask rules throughout Australia.

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