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By Simon Ruppert

The DHHS website lists the following exemptions from wearing a mask:

A face covering is not required in some circumstances including:

● Infants and children under the age of 12 years;

● A person who is affected by a relevant medical condition, including problems with their breathing, a serious condition of the face, a disability or a mental health condition;

● Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication;

● Persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to that person’s health and safety related to their work, as determined through OH&S guidelines;

● Persons whose professions require clear enunciation or visibility of their mouth. This includes teaching or live broadcasting;

● Professional sportspeople when training or competing;

● If you are working on your own property with members of your household, but no staff or contractors are on site;

● When you are doing any exercise or physical activity where you are out of breath or puffing. Examples include jogging or running, but not walking;

● You must carry a face covering on you and wear it when you finish exercising;

● When directed to remove the face covering to ascertain identity;

● When you are travelling in a vehicle by yourself or with other members of your household;

● When consuming food, drink or medication, including when seated at a restaurant where permitted;

● When undergoing dental treatment or other medical care to the extent that the procedure requires that no face covering may be worn; and

● During emergencies.

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