COVID-19 Update: Surgical masks mandatory at health facilities

All staff and visitors to health facilities across the ACT are now required to wear a surgical mask when indoors. Masks will be handed out at all screening points on entry to the facility and you must wear a new mask each day. Masks may be removed in the following circumstances (while maintaining 1.5m distance wherever possible):

All staff and visitors to health facilities across the ACT are now required to wear a surgical mask when indoors.

Masks will be handed out at all screening points on entry to the facility and you must wear a new mask each day.

Masks may be removed in the following circumstances (while maintaining 1.5m distance wherever possible):

  • While eating and drinking
  • While communicating with another person who is deaf or hard of hearing
  • If wearing a mask creates a risk to health and safety, or security
  • Where clear enunciation or visibility of your mouth is essential
  • Where the removal of a face mask is necessary for the provision of a good or service

Mask-wearing is not required for:

  • persons aged 12 years or under
  • Anyone with a disability or physical or mental health illness or condition that makes wearing a face mask unsuitable. For example, a skin condition, an intellectual disability, autism or trauma.

If you are a patient, visitor or carer and have any questions or concerns, please speak to your treating team or someone on the ward.

Digital Screening

Please make sure you complete a digital screening tool before entering a health facility in the ACT.

You can access the tool via the ACT Health app or online at screening.covid19.act.gov.au, or by scanning the QR code you will see displayed at various locations around health services.

COVID-safe behaviour

This is a timely reminder that we must remain vigilant to the threat of COVID-19 and ensure we are observing all COVID-safe behaviours. 

Please maintain physical distancing and hand hygiene protocols.

For more information visit: www.covid19.act.gov.au

Page last updated on: 30 Jun 2021