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What Are The Mask Rules In Your State Or Territory?

Mask rules have changed to the delight of many around the country, due to the Omicron peak passing. Below is a round-up of the mask rules

Due to the Omicron peak passing, mask rules have changed to the delight of many around the country.

Below is a round-up of the mask rules in your area:

Australian Capital Territory

From Friday, masks will no longer be mandatory in most indoor settings in the ACT, but will still be required on public transport, and in hospitals and aged-care facilities.

New South Wales

From today, masks will no longer be mandatory in most indoor settings in NSW, but will still be required on public transport, and in hospitals and aged-care facilities.

Masks will be encouraged indoors where people can't maintain social distancing, such as retail settings.

Face masks will no longer need to be worn by high school students or staff from Monday, February 28.

Staff at primary schools and childcare centres will need to wait until March 7 before they can take off their masks in the classroom. 

Northern Territory

A mask mandate is still in place for the Northern Territory but Chief Minister Michael Gunner this week said there were active discussions underway and it was likely to be lifted "sooner rather than later".

For now, face masks are required in all public indoor settings for people over the age of 12.

Queensland

Masks will no longer be required in indoor settings, including workplaces, schools and hospitality from 6pm on Friday, March 4.

Face masks will continue to be mandatory on public transport and when in high-risk settings such as in disability settings, hospitals and aged care facilities.

South Australia 

Face masks are mandated for all indoor public spaces in South Australia including retail and hospitality venues. 

All people aged 12 and over must wear masks in all indoor public settings, while the government strongly recommends the use of masks in indoor workplaces.

Premier Steven Marshall said that while an announcement will be coming soon regarding restrictions easing, it could be  "two, four, six weeks" before restrictions such as face mask mandates were removed.

South Australia's rules have been in effect since July 19 last year.

Tasmania 

A mask mandate remains in force for Tasmania.

Masks are required for all people aged 12 and over in all indoor public spaces, including hospitality, retail and public transport settings.

Children in primary school do not need to wear a mask while on school grounds, however school staff and high school students are required to wear masks.

Victoria

Masks will no longer be mandatory in most indoor settings from 11:59pm Friday.

While face masks will not be mandatory for customers in hospitality or retail settings, staff at these venues will still be required to wear face masks.

Western Australia

Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces in Western Australia.

Children in primary school and younger do not need to wear a mask, however school staff and high school students are required to wear masks.

Premier Mark McGowan has flagged tighter restrictions "if required", with masks required for children in year 3 and above.