Face Masks

Do we have to wear Face Masks?

The wearing of face masks at Scouting follows the Pandemic Orders.

From 11:59 pm on June 24, 2022, face masks are no longer required indoors or outdoors except for a small number of situations where face masks are still required:

  • Using public transport
  • Travelling extended distances in a bus
  • While serving food
  • Providing first aid
  • Indoors if you are a close contact

What exemptions apply to wearing face masks?

You do not have to wear a face mask in the following situations:

  • If you are under 8 years of age
  • Where you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask
  • When wearing a face mask prevents you from communicating clearly

There is no certificate, documentation or permit required to demonstrate whether you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a face mask. It is the responsibility of the individual or the parent/guardian to determine whether they have a lawful reason for not wearing a face mask. Department of Health Authorised Officers or the police can request evidence that there is a lawful reason for not wearing a facemask.

Do we have to wear Face Masks when camping within a tent, cabin or sleepovers?

Wearing face masks while sleeping can be impracticable and therefore is at the option of the individual. The vaccination and COVID testing requirements for sharing accommodation consider the increased risk.

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