External resources about mask use in the community

Last updated 26 August 2020


Advice on the wearing of masks in public is based on levels and risk of community transmission. The NSW Government is strongly encouraging greater use of masks in high-risk public settings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19

Current advice specifically recommends:

  • The use of face masks in indoor settings where physical distancing is hard to maintain, such as on public transport or in supermarkets
  • The use of face masks (where practical) in indoor settings with a higher risk of transmission, such as for the staff of hospitality and customer-facing venues i.e. cafes, restaurants, pubs and clubs
  • During attendance at places of worship.

Wearing a mask in any of these settings is not mandatory but is highly recommended, especially in areas where there has been community transmission.

Masks should be considered a "fourth line of defence" after staying home if unwell and getting tested, maintaining 1.5-metre social distancing and good hand hygiene.

People who have symptoms and might be infected with COVID-19 are required to stay in isolation at home. They should wear a face mask when in the same room as another person and when seeking medical advice to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus.

You are also encouraged to read the advice on wearing a face mask from the Australian Commission of Safety and Quality in Health Care, which addresses three issues:

  • Should I wear a mask?
  • What can you do to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
  • How to wear a fabric face mask safely?

At the NSW Health website you will find several COVID-19 videos, including a video on how to wear a mask.

Dr Jane Fizzell

How to wear a mask - Dr Jan Fizzell

Platform: Vimeo

Length: 1:37 minutes

Check out this video of an interview with Professor Michael Kidd, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, on 14 July 2020, in which he addresses three burning issues:

  • Should people be wearing gloves and a specific type of mask when they are out in the community?
  • With the recent outbreak, how is the COVIDSafe app being used across Australia?
  • Is it important for businesses to have a COVID-19 risk plan?

Good information about how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus (COVID-19) is available at the Commonwealth Department of Health website.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) provides information on when and how to wear a face mask. This WHO video provides practical do's and don'ts for wearing, removing and cleaning your cloth mask. This video is suitable for all ages.