Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Masks now mandatory outdoors in NSW

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Additional COVID-19 rules which came in to effect at 12.01am Monday state that face masks will be mandatory when outside your home.

The only exception is if your are exercising, or have an approved exemption. Face masks must be worn at indoor or outdoor areas of a fresh food market, and outdoors next to or near food, drink and retail premises including:

● queuing outside a cafe or shop to collect take away food or drink

● walking on a street near shop fronts. Children 12 years and under are exempt from wearing masks, but they’re encouraged to wear one where practicabl­e. Children under two years of age must not wear a mask, since they’re a choking and suffocatio­n risk.

Stay at home rules still apply, meaning you must stay home unless you have a reasonable excuse. There has been ongoing criticism, including from Country Press NSW of which the PASTORAL TIMES is a member, of the NSW Government’s poor communicat­ion of COVID-19 informatio­n in regional communitie­s.

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