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Face masks – Australian Capital Territory

Updated on 30 September 2022, at 09:10 AET

Current restrictions

Any person aged 12 years or older must wear a face mask if they're:

  • a close contact and they are in an indoor setting that is not their home — including at school
  • cleared from isolation for COVID-19, but it has been less than 7 days after their positive test
  • staff or a visitor in a high-risk setting, including hospitals, residential aged care facilities, correctional facilities or residential accommodation facilities
  • a worker who provides services to a person with a disability
  • a worker for in-home and community aged care providers

ACT Health continues to recommend that you wear a mask if you cannot physically distance.

You can remove your face mask:

  • when eating, drinking or taking medicine
  • when communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing and visibility of the mouth is essential for communication
  • if asked to remove a face mask to ascertain identity (for example if asked by a police officer
  • when the nature of a person's work in one of the above areas means that wearing a face mask creates a risk to health and safety
  • because of an emergency
  • when it’s required by law

You no longer have to wear a face mask:

  • during domestic commercial flights in and out of the ACT
  • on international flights to Australia
  • inside Canberra Airport
  • on public transport

Children under 12 do not need to wear a mask. Toddlers under the age of 2 and babies must not wear masks, since they are a choking and suffocation risk.

Face masks must fit securely around your face and cover your nose and mouth. This provides you and others with protection against infection.

Use either single-use masks or reusable cloth masks. Scarves, bandannas, and face shields are not adequate substitutes for masks.

For more information on restrictions in the ACT, go to

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