Advice from the Chief Health Officer on face masks

 13 July 2020

Aquatics coronavirus update

The Chief Health Officer is  recommending that people living in areas under Stage 3 restrictions should wear a face mask when outside the home if it is difficult to keep 1.5 metres apart from other people.

Key points

If you live in an area under Stage 3 restrictions and are leaving home for one of the four reasons allowed,  you should wear a face mask such as a cloth mask or surgical mask if it is difficult to keep 1.5 metres apart from others.

  • Wearing a face mask protects you and your community by providing an additional physical barrier to coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Keeping 1.5 metres between yourself and others and washing your hands are still the best defences against coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • There are two types of face masks suitable for community use: cloth masks and surgical masks
  • The recommendation to wear a face mask does not apply to children (people aged under 18 years), individuals with breathing difficulties, and those who have physical conditions that make it difficult to wear a face mask
  • There will be no enforcement on the use of face masks. You will not be fined if you don’t wear one. 

The Chief Health Officer is advising you should wear a face mask when visiting busy areas like shopping centres, public transport or markets and other areas where it would be difficult to keep 1.5 metres apart from others.

Wearing a face mask helps keep you and others safe. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spread from close contact with an infected person and can be spread when a person coughs or sneezes.

The best way to protect others against coronavirus (COVID-19) is keeping 1.5 metres between yourself and others, wash your hands often, and cough or sneeze into your elbow or tissue. Face masks add an additional protective physical barrier to protect you and your loved ones. 

The DHHS website provides information on the different types of masks available, why scarves are not as effective and how to make your own reusable masks.

Visit the Department of Health and Humans Services website for more information

 

 

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