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It’s Official: Face Masks No Longer Required In NSW Public Transport


It’s official: masks will no longer be mandatory on public transport across NSW.

Premier Dominic Perrottet confirmed as per ABC that the decision represented a “common sense approach” and has come into effect from September 21. Masks mandates for aircraft passengers were lifted on September 9.

Anyone over the age of 12 before was required to wear a face mask on buses, trains, and trams, and those who didn’t could be dealt with an on-the-spot fine.

NSW Health still wants people to wear a mask in potential situations when around vulnerable people or where they cannot physically distance themselves.

“We can all continue to help protect each other, but particularly those most vulnerable to COVID-19 infection, by staying at home when feeling unwell, taking a COVID-19 test straight away, and self-isolating,” Health Minister Brad Hazzard confirmed.

Transport Minister David Elliott added that commuters could now make a “personal decision” about wearing a mask.

“Everyone has demonstrated throughout this pandemic that they will do what is required to protect themselves and each other from COVID-19, and I have no doubt they will continue to do so,” he quipped.

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