Airport masks will no longer be required in most states and territories

By Anna Macdonald

June 16, 2022

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Masks not required in ACT, Queensland, WA, NT and Tasmania airports. (Image: Adobe/vitaliymateha)

Several states and territories have acted quickly in following the recommendation of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) that masks should no longer be mandated in airport terminals.

ACT, Queensland, Western Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania have all followed the recommendations of the committee, with masks no longer required to be worn within airport terminals from midnight on Friday, June 17. 

The AHPPC continues to strongly recommend masks in airport terminals and other indoor settings where physical distancing is difficult. Masks continue to be mandatory on aeroplanes. 

Queensland health minister Yvette D’Ath repeated the advice of the AHPPC. 

“With COVID-19 and influenza still circulating in our community, we’re still encouraging Queenslanders to be vigilant.

“If you’re in an indoor setting and can’t socially distance, consider wearing a mask,” D’Ath said.

D’Ath also reminded Queenslanders to get vaccinated against both COVID-19 and the flu. Queensland, along with other states like Victoria and NSW, has made flu vaccinations free for the month of June.

WA premier Mark McGowan made similar comments, saying masks in combination with vaccinations are the best defences against COVID-19.

“Masks may no longer be required in airports, but they’re an easy and sensible precaution we can take to stay safe while around many others in transit.

“I would encourage people to keep a mask at hand as they are still required in some settings,” McGowan said. 

The ACT government’s removal of the mask mandate follows the news Canberra Aiport was preparing to launch legal action over the continuing mask mandate, which has since been dropped in light of the new AHPPCC recommendations. 

For Tasmania, the removal of the mask mandate includes the Spirit of Tasmania vessel and its terminals, with the Tasmanian government flagging more changes to face mask rules to follow in the coming weeks. 


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