COVID Update in SA: Masks

We’re down to 5 active cases and public restrictions have been eased a little from 4 December, although people wanting to take children to see Santa this year should expect a very long wait!

 

Latest update on masks:

Source: SA Health

Who is required to wear masks?

People in health care, residential care, disability support or aged care services must wear a single use surgical mask (which covers the nose and mouth) at all times when in the physical presence of other persons on premises which include:

  • care providers, patients, clients, residents, admin and other staff, employees, visitors, students, contractors and any other person when they are in the presence of other people.

For people offering personal care services, they must wear appropriate personal protective equipment while providing personal care services such as:

  • hairdressers, barbershops, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, wellness centres/day spas/massage parlours, saunas/bathhouses and any other place which beauty therapy/tanning/waxing/piercing/body modification takes place.

Note- a person is exempt where; the mask will hinder the care which is being provided, there is a medical condition, communication with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing is required, the person is under 12 and the person is a live in staff member or a resident of a residential care facility


What services are considered to be health care, residential care, disability support or aged care services?

The following services are health care, residential care, disability support or aged care services:

Health care services, including the following—

  • private and public hospitals
  • general practice
  • private and public medical specialist services and practices
  • private and public mental health services and practices including drug and alcohol services
  • private and public allied health services, including those provided by a counsellor, speech pathologist, sonographer, social worker, rehabilitation counsellor, radiation therapist, radiographer, psychologist, prosthetist / orthotist, podiatrist, physiotherapist, pharmacist, music therapist, osteopath, orthoptist, optometrist, occupational therapist, genetic counsellor, exercise physiologist, dietitian, counsellor, chiropractor, audiologist, art/creative art therapist, or bowen therapist
  • private complementary and alternative therapy services and practices including Chinese medicine practitioners
  • community health services including Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services
  • private and public dental services
  • private and public reproductive services and sexual health services including termination of pregnancy
  • private and public radiology services including screening services
  • private and public disability and rehabilitation services.


What services are included in residential care services?

Residential care services, including the following:

  • residential disability services;
  • supported residential facilities;
  • residential care facilities established under the Family and Community Services Act 1972 or licensed under the Child and Young People (Safety) Act 2017;
  • disability support services, including in-home disability support services;
  • in-home aged care services;
  • supported independent living services.


Do I have to wear a mask when I go grocery shopping?

No, wearing a mask it is not mandatory, but it is recommended to wear a face mask when out in public if you are unable to physically distance.


What is the mask requirement for people who offer personal care services?

People offering personal care services must wear appropriate personal protective equipment while providing personal care services such as:

  • hairdressers, barbershops, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, wellness centres/day spas/massage parlours, saunas/bathhouses and any other place which beauty therapy/tanning/waxing/piercing/body modification takes place.


What is the mask requirement for health care, residential care, disability support or aged care services?

All care providers, patients, clients, administrative and other staff, employees, visitors, students, contractors and any other person on the premises must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at all times when in the physical presence of other persons on the premises.

Note the following exceptions:

  • a patient or client and/or a person providing care is not required to wear a mask if, in the provider or carer’s professional opinion, or in the opinion of the service organisation providing the service, the wearing of a mask will hinder the provision of the relevant care and/or impact patient or client safety;
  • a person is not required to wear a mask if they have a relevant medical condition, including problems with their breathing, a serious condition of the face, a disability or a mental health condition;
  • a mask is not required to be worn in circumstances where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication, such as to enable communication by or with any person who is deaf or hard of hearing;
  • a patient or client under the age of 12 is not required to wear a mask;
  • a resident or live-in staff member of a residential care facility is not required to wear a mask, including in circumstances in which it is not possible to comply with the physical distancing principle.


What is considered to be 'in the physical presence of another person'?

A person will be considered to in the physical presence of another person if they are in the same room as that other person.


If I am an inpatient at a hospital, do I have to wear a mask?

Hospital inpatients are generally not expected to wear masks except when being transported through public spaces.


I receive care at my own home, do I have to wear a mask?

A person receiving individual care in their own home is not expected to wear a mask.


For the latest updates, visit the SA Health Website.