Public hospitals and face masks

Posted on
August 16, 2021
Public Sector

Rules extended for at least a week.

The Director of Public Health issued a public health direction that any worker or visitor in any Tasmanian public hospital has to wear a fitted face mask last week, and that direction has been extended for at least one week to 19 August.

The implementation of the direction is as follows:

All workers entering THS and primary health facilities must wear a surgical mask on entry. Workers and visitors will not be permitted to wear their own cloth or reusable masks

All workers must wear their surgical mask while in the facility with except when they need to remove it for effective communication, to eat or drink or when they are in an area alone.

The surgical mask may be worn for up to 4 hours continuously. It must be changed after 4 hours or if it becomes visibly soiled or wet during this time.

There are other details that apply to patients, but the underlying rule is you have to wear a mask.

If you have any issues or require any further clarification, please contact HACSUassist.

For more information about this or any other industrial matter, members should contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email or complete our online contact form

Public Sector