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Face masks - New South Wales

Updated on 27 June 2022, at 13:15 AET

NSW restrictions

Everyone aged 12 years and over must wear a face mask:

  • on public transport and at public transport waiting areas — including in taxis and rideshare services
  • at a public hospital or private health facility
  • at a residential care facility or hostel
  • at a cruise terminal
  • on an aircraft

Face masks remain mandatory for people aged 12 years and over during commercial flights in and out of Sydney. It is not mandatory inside Sydney Airport terminal.

Masks are also strongly encouraged in indoor areas where you can’t physically distance and for customer-facing retail staff.

Exceptions to wearing masks

You can remove your face mask if you're:

  • eating or drinking
  • communicating with another person who is deaf or hard of hearing
  • at work, and
    • the nature of the work makes the wearing of a fitted face covering a risk to the person's, or another persons' health and safety
    • where clear enunciation or visibility of a person’s mouth is essential
    • where the work is in an indoor area and no other person is in the area
  • asked to remove their mask for identity purposes
  • in an emergency situation
  • providing goods and services and the person needs to remove their mask to provide those goods or services properly
  • doing exercise outside, in a gym or in a gym class
  • in a dance class
  • at a correctional centre, place of custody, or public hospital or private health facility (as a patient)
  • a resident at an aged care facility
  • a guest in a hotel/motel and in their room
  • in the process of getting married
  • in a vehicle alone or with another person from their household.

You need to wear your face mask again as soon as the reason for taking it off has ended.

Children under 12 years don’t have to wear a mask but are encouraged to wear one where practicable.

Toddlers and babies under 2 years must not wear masks — since they’re a choking and suffocation risk.

If you can’t wear a face mask because of a disability, illness, or mental or physical health condition, you must carry either:

  • a medical certificate or letter signed by a registered health practitioner — such as a doctor — or a registered NDIS provider; or
  • a statutory declaration

For more information, go to Under ‘COVID-19’, click on ’Rules’, then click ‘Face mask rules’.

Service NSW COVID Safe check-in

You don’t need to check-in using the NSW COVID Safe app to enter venues, but some places may choose to keep it as a condition of entry. See for more details.

COVID Safety plan

COVID Safety plans are now optional for businesses, venues and events. Visit for more information.

For more information on restrictions in New South Wales, visit

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