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Face masks

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​When to wear a face mask

Face masks are n​ot required to be worn by staff, children or visitors in our workplaces, schools or early childhood services.

For close contacts, anyone 12 years or older must wear a face mask outside the home for 7 days from when they become a close contact. Queensland Health recommend children under 12 wear a mask when it is safe to do so.​

For 7 days after ending isolation, staff and children aged 12 years and over must wear a face mask indoors, or when outdoors if physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Please regularly check the Queensland Government website to stay up-to-date with the current COVID-19 restrictions, including wearing face masks, as this advice can change frequently.

Children

When students are required to wear a face mask, they will be provided a mask if requested.

When face masks are not mandatory, students who wish to wear a mask at school will be supported to do so.

The Queensland Health video protecting yourself and the community: mask-wearing for adolescents will help children of all ages to understand why wearing a face mask is important. It provides tips for the kind of mask to wear and how to wear it properly.

Staff

When not mandatory, staff wanting to wear a face mask at work should consult with their principal/manager. This request will be supported, however, in certain circumstances, masks may not be able to be worn, for example, where the nature of a person's work means that clear visibility of the mouth is essential. Departmental staff can access more information about wearing face masks on OnePortal, including using a face mask and shield ( departmental employees only), as well as strategies for minimising voice strain and tips to help teaching with a mask ( departmental employees only) ​.

Face masks will continue to be required for certain health procedures. More information is available on the personal protective equipment for health support procedure factsheet (PDF, 156KB) available in the managing students' health support needs at school procedure.

Volunteers, family members, contractors and other visitors​

When not mandatory, volunteers, family members, contractors and other visitors to schools or early childhood services who wish to wear a face mask at schools or early childhood services will be supported to do so.

Dedicated school transport​

Face masks are not required to be worn when travelling on dedicated school transport services. These services are for students to travel to and from school and school-related or outside school hours care activities such as inter-school sport, excursions and camps. Services include specialist school transport for students with disability in minibus and taxi services.​​

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Last updated 29 April 2022