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


Here is all the up-to-date information on WA mask rules, and protocol to follow when you take a rapid antigen test (RAT).

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Although Western Australia was the last Australian state to maintain its pursuit of a COVID zero policy, the transmissibility of the Omicron variant ultimately made it impossible. Now, new subvariants are likely to lead to a surge in cases.

There are ongoing government rules and recommendations regarding masks and RAT kits in WA.

Here's what you need to know about WA's mask rules, and rules around the usage of RATs. If you need to buy these items, head over to our guides on buying face masks and RATs in WA.

Mask rules in WA

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

  • In crowded indoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible

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Different types of masks

Of the three main types of protective face masks, surgical masks and cloth masks 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.

Most experts now believe 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 WA

In Western Australia, rapid antigen tests are recommended for use if:

  • Attending a large gathering in a crowded place such as a wedding or funeral
  • Visiting a person who is vulnerable to risks of COVID-19
  • Visiting a high-risk setting, e.g. an aged care facility, hospital or disability group home
  • You need to check quickly for COVID-19
  • Recommended by the Department of Health

If you test positive on a RAT, you must register your result online here.

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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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