More than a week since the WA Government made mask-wearing mandatory outside the home — most of the time — Premier Mark McGowan and Police Commissioner Chris Dawson are still being asked to clarify the rules.
You have to wear your face mask at all times when you are outside your home, including at work, on public transport and while exercising, unless it’s “vigorous” exercise. Then you don’t.
What qualifies as ‘vigorous exercise’? Exercise that involves strenuous effort or energy.
The WA Government website’s COVID-19 information sheet says, for example, someone playing basketball or running outdoors does not need to wear a mask. But someone playing golf or walking does have to.
It’s different if it’s vigorous indoors exercise, such as playing squash or running on a treadmill. Then the mask has to go back on. “This is due to the higher risks associated with indoor venues,” the information sheet states.
You also have to wear a mask if there is another person with you in the car, even if they are your children, your immediate family members, or your housemates.
If you are the only person in your car and you go through a drive-through, you still have to wear a mask.
“Masks must be worn during any interaction where a car window is down, or where there is the potential for interaction with someone who is not inside your vehicle,” a government information sheet says.
“This may be through an open window, or when you exit your car. This includes at drive-through services and road checkpoints.”
More of your face mask questions for Perth and Peel can be answered right here.