When we need to wear face masks NSW
Wearing a mask helps keep you and others safe from COVID-19.
In Greater Sydney and surrounding areas people must wear face masks when in certain places.
Greater Sydney includes:
- Sydney City
- Central Coast
- Blue Mountains
If you live in these areas you must wear a mask when you are
- Inside a shop or shopping centre
- Inside a bank or post office or an office
- In a shared area in an apartment building like the lift
- Waiting for take away
- On public transport
- Waiting for public transport
- At a hospital or nursing home
Outside when you are near other people from outside your household
For some Local Government areas there are extra rules for wearing masks.
If you live in other parts of NSW you must wear a mask when indoors.
- on public transport
- at indoor entertainment places like cinemas and theatres
- at hospitals and nursing homes
- at dance and gym classes
- at work
You must also wear a mask at outdoor organised meetings.
If you are not wearing a mask in these areas you may get fined.
Carry a mask in your bag so you always have one with you.
Your mask should be clean. Wash your mask or use a new mask each time you go out.
Some people do not have to wear masks
You do not have to wear a mask if you cannot wear a mask because of your
- physical condition
- mental health condition
If you cannot wear a mask for these reasons you must have with you
- a medical certificate
- a letter signed by a medical professional like a doctor
- a letter signed by an NDIS provider
- a statutory declaration
This is so you have proof that you cannot wear a mask.
If an official person asks you why you are not wearing a mask you must show them your letter or certificate.