Mandatory Face Masks Reintroduced For Indoor Settings

The ACT will reintroduce the requirement to wear a mask indoors and tighten visitor restrictions for residential aged care facilities to help keep the community safe from the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Wearing a mask is a simple and practical way to minimise transmission of COVID-19.

From 11.59pm tonight (Tuesday 21 December), mask wearing will once again be mandatory in indoor settings in the ACT.

Additionally, some restrictions for residential aged care facilities will be re-introduced. Residents will be restricted to five visitors per day with a maximum of five visitors at any one time.   There will be no daily limit on the number of visitors for end of life care visits. Masks will be mandatory for staff and visitors.

From Wednesday,22 December 2021, masks must be worn in all indoor settings other than a place of residence, including: Indoor retail settings, Public transport, Hospitality venues (except when seated, or eating or drinking), Offices, Visitors and staff in a residential aged care facility.

Exceptions for mask usage can be found on the COVID-19 website.

When you’re outside your home, continue to check in at all stores using the Check In Canberra app, regularly wash and sanitise your hands, and stay 1.5 metres away from people you don’t know.