COVID-19 is spreading rapidly around the country, with both new infections, hospitalisations and deaths on the rise.
But political leaders have so far rebuffed pleas from public health officials to bring back mask mandates.
Deakin University epidemiologist Catherine Bennett told Today Extra that it is really important for people to wear masks.
“I think we should have masks on,” she said.
“That risk of exposure right now has lifted.”
But despite weeks of calls to bring the mandates back, state governments have stuck with their current mask rules.
So what are the mask rules, state-by-state ?
New South Wales mask rules
In NSW, masks are mandatory for people over 12 on public transport and in public transport waiting areas.
This includes in taxis and rideshares.
Masks are also required in hospitals and private health facilities, cruise terminals, and residential care facilities.
Masks also need to be worn on domestic commercial flights, including ones flying over NSW even if they aren’t taking off or landing there. People over 12 who are household or close contacts must wear masks in indoor settings outside their own home.
That includes workplaces and tertiary education settings. Schools will have their own rules.