From 12:00am Monday, masks wearing will become mandatory in indoor settings across the ACT amid the escalating threat posed by the evolving coronavirus situation in New South Wales.

The new requirement applies to people in indoor settings with people they don’t usually live or work with, or on public transport.

Masks must also be worn in offices with customer facing roles.

For example, masks must be worn in:

  • supermarkets, shopping centres and retail,
  • hospitality venues including restaurants, cafes and other licenced venues,
  • other restricted business activities where there is close contact with the public, including hairdressers, beauty and tanning salons and gyms, and
  • high-risk settings, such as health and aged care facilities.

For hospitality venues, mask requirements will align with those currently in effect in regional NSW, meaning employees who have contact with patrons, must wear a mask at all times.

Patrons are strongly encouraged to wear a mask while in the venue but can remove the face covering while eating and drinking.


For a full list of the business and community settings where masks must be worn, visit the COVID-19 website.

The new rules will be subject to 48-hour transition period before enforcement applies.

This marks the first time mask wearing has been made compulsory in the ACT throughout the entire pandemic.

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