Right around the world, there are laws and recommendations surrounding the use of face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. And currently in Australia, there are mandatory mask wearing in certain circumstances in New South Wales, Victoria and now Queensland.
Wearing face masks may protect you from droplets that can occur when a person with COVID-19 speaks, coughs, or sneezes and may land on you if you are not social distancing. Wearing a mask can also help protect others around you if you are unwell.
You may like to read our FAQ on the wearing of masks for further information:Should I wear a mask?
Under the public health orders, a “fitted face covering” means a mask or other covering that:
Single-use and reusable cloth masks both help to prevent the spread of COVID-19, if used correctly. NSW Health recommends cloth face masks are 3-layer, inclusive of a filter.
Tips on face mask use:
If you're handy with a sewing machine, you may like to make your own masks but please ensure these have 3 layers for the best protection. These are quite cost effective, and you can wash them and re-use them. Or you may be able to find a friend, family member or someone in your local community who are making them.
Here are some additional guidelines about the wearing of cloth face masks:
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