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Today, Dr Chant and I are going to strongly recommend people wear masks in certain circumstances:

There are four key areas where we want people to wear masks:

Firstly, if you are in an enclosed space and you cannot guarantee social distancing, such as public transport, such as when you are buying groceries, you should be wearing a mask.

We would also like to see more staff in a customer-facing [role] wearing masks, whether they are in hospitality venues or whether they are in retail. Whenever they are facing customers, we strongly recommend that they wear masks.

If you are attending a place of worship, we want you to wear a mask. If you are attending a church, synagogue or mosque, we would like you to wear a mask.

And finally, if you are in an area where there is high community transmission or a number of cases, we want you to wear a mask. So those other four key areas we are recommending people wear masks.

I want to stress it is not compulsory, but it is a strong recommendation from Health, given where we are in the pandemic, given the risk posed from Victoria and given the rate of community transmission in New South Wales.



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