Facemasks

Should I use facemasks

If you are well, you do not need to wear a facemask to protect yourself from COVID-19.

Facemasks are generally for people who are suspected or known to have the virus and people in close contact (within 1.5 metres) of someone suspected or known to be infected. This is normally only healthcare workers and carers.

People who are sick with COVID-19 should wear a facemask (if they can) when they need to leave quarantine, for example when they get tested or go to see a doctor.

How to use facemasks safely

Be careful to use facemasks properly. Follow the steps below to help protect others around you:

  • If given masks by your GP, leave the masks in a zip-lock bag until you need to use them.
  • Before putting on a facemask, wash your hands all over with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub. Dry your hands well.
  • To put the mask on, cover your mouth and nose with the mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask. Tie it in place.
  • Once your mask is on, don’t touch it. If you do touch it, wash your hands all over with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Replace the mask with a new one if it gets damp. Do not reuse masks.
  • To remove the mask: undo the straps and remove the mask without touching the front of it. Put it straight in the rubbish. Wash your hands all over with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub. Dry your hands well.