SA authorities direct public to wear masks from December 1 in all health sites

MASK UP: The Discount Chemist staff in Port Augusta urge the public to heed the latest mask direction put in place by SA authorities. Photo: Amy Green
MASK UP: The Discount Chemist staff in Port Augusta urge the public to heed the latest mask direction put in place by SA authorities. Photo: Amy Green

From today, 12.01am December 1, all people working and visiting health care settings must wear a single-use surgical mask - covering both mouth and nose - at all times when in the physical presence of other people on the premises.

The latest advice from SA authorities acts as an additional physical barrier to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

On Monday, SA Health deputy chief public health officer, Dr Emily Kirkpatrick said that mandatory surgical masks in health care sites further aim to protect "our vulnerable people in the community".

The latest direction stands until further notice.

For Port Augusta pharmacist Danielle Wilson, she's keen to spread the new measure far and wide after staff reported customers entering her workplace without masks.

"We want to reduce the risk of COVID in our community, and the way we catch COVID is when we are in close proximity with people," she told The Transcontinental.

People can make our job easier by being aware they will need to sign in at all allied health facilities just like doctors, clinics and hospitals have been, and will be, going forward.

Port Augusta pharmacist Danielle Wilson

"Our clientele - older people, more vulnerable people, people who have got other comorbidities are more likely to have complications associated with COVID if they are unlucky enough to get it."

"People can make our job easier by being aware they will need to sign in at all allied health facilities just like doctors, clinics and hospitals have been, and will be, going forward."

Importantly, Ms Wilson said clients need to be aware they will need to sign in when entering the pharmacy and be cooperative by wearing masks, unless they have a medical condition.

All people in health care settings are required to wear a mask while in the physical presence of other people.

This includes:

  • Care providers
  • Patients
  • Clients
  • Residents
  • Administrative and other staff
  • Employees
  • Visitors
  • Students
  • Contractors
  • Any other person present on site.

Masks are also required for:

  • Employees at nail salons, tattoo parlours, hairdressers and similar businesses.
  • People who are in self-quarantine or self-isolation who need to leave their home to seek urgent medical care, seek urgent medical supplies or get tested for COVID-19 must wear a mask when in public.

Meanwhile, in South Australia it is not mandatory for the general community, but it is recommended to wear a mask when out in public if you are unable to physically distance.

For further information please call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 9am to 5pm 7 days per week or go to the SA Health website at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au or www.sa.gov.au/covid-19.

This story Call to 'mask up' in all SA health settings first appeared on The Transcontinental.