We encourage all students and staff to follow the advice of NSW Health in relation to the wearing of face masks to help keep each other safe.
NSW Health strongly recommends wearing a face mask in the following situations:
- If it is hard to maintain 1.5 metres of physical distance from others
- On public transport
- In supermarkets and shops
- In places of worship
- In indoor venues with a higher risk of transmission, where practical
- If working in cafes, restaurants pubs and clubs and other venues with a higher risk of transmission.
- In hotspots i.e. areas of high community transmission
- When visiting or caring for a vulnerable person, including elderly relatives.
You should also wear a mask if you:
- Have symptoms and are in the same room as another person
- Are in self-isolation and in the same room as another person
- Are getting tested for COVID-19, seeking medical advice or entering a health care facility.
People in higher-risk groups are strongly encouraged to wear masks in all social circumstances.
The use of a face mask is not a substitute for staying home if you are sick or required to isolate, getting tested, physical distancing and ensuring personal hygiene measures such as regular hand-washing and sneezing and coughing into your elbow or a tissue.
The latest NSW Health information on when and how to wear a mask can be found here.
At UNSW we encourage you to always have a reusable cloth mask with you on campus, in addition to hand sanitiser and wipes, to use as needed.
NSW Health provides useful instructions on how to make an appropriate cloth mask here.
If you do develop any COVID-19 symptoms, even mild ones, self-isolate and get a COVID-19 test.