Update on 08.09.2020
Information regarding face masks for general consulting in non-COVID suspicious patients has been conflicting, confusing and changes frequently. Following is some of the most recent information to be used as a guide for you to make decisions in your practice. Depending on your practice location, your operating state and your personal circumstances this should be considered on a case-by-case basis. For the most up to date Australian information look at the Department of Health website.
On the 27th of June 2020, WA moved to stage 4 restrictions;
- All existing gathering limits and the 100/300 rule removed
- Gathering limits now only determined by WA’s reduced 2 square metre rule
- The 2 square metre rule will only include staff at venues that hold more than 500 patrons
- Removal of seated service requirements at food businesses and licensed premises
- No requirement to maintain patron register at food businesses and licensed premises
- Alcohol can be served as part of unseated service arrangements
- All events permitted except for music festivals
- Unseated performances permitted at venues such as concert halls, live music venues, bars, pubs and nightclubs
- Gyms operating unstaffed, but regular cleaning must be maintained
- The casino gaming floor reopening under agreed temporary restrictions.
- Practise physical distancing (keep at least 1.5 metres or two arms lengths from each other)
- Practise good personal hygiene (wash hands often with soap and water, or hand sanitiser and cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use your elbow)
- Stay home if unwell and if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms get tested for COVID-19
- download the COVIDSafe app (external site).
Should I wear a face mask?
WA Health does not generally recommend the use of facemasks for the general public to prevent the risk of contracting COVID-19.
However, if you are in an area where community transmission is occurring and physical distancing is difficult to maintain, covering your face with a mask can provide some protection.