The NSW Government is strongly encouraging NSW residents to wear a face mask in high-risk settings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in NSW, if able.
The advice from the NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant specifically recommends:
- The use of face masks in indoor settings where social 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.
- If you are feeling unwell and seeking care.
Wearing a mask in any of these settings is not mandatory but is highly recommended, especially in areas where there has been community transmission.
Wearing a face mask provides an additional physical barrier to protect the community and help reduce community transmission. Continue to practise physical distancing, wash your hands regularly and if you are unwell stay in and get tested.
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