Currently, Australian public health guidelines do not recommend general face mask use unless people are unwell.
The use of face masks in public may help to reduce the spread of the infection when there is significant community transmission but currently community transmission in NSW is very low.
However, UNSW acknowledges and respects any persons right to wear a mask if they so choose.
There are also some circumstances where you may wish to consider the use of a non-medical mask including when:
- visiting or working in confined, closed spaces e.g. labs, media rooms
- visiting busy crowded areas e.g. grocery stores, shopping centres
- using public transport, etc.
For these circumstances, non-medical masks such as cloth masks should be considered. (The use of medical masks should be reserved for use by health care workers).
Importantly, the use of face masks should only be considered as a complementary measure and not as a replacement for established preventive measures, for example physical distancing, good respiratory etiquette, meticulous hand hygiene and avoiding touching the face, nose, eyes and mouth.