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New, tougher mask rules for NSW sporting events

People will be forced to wear face masks at major sporting events such as A-League soccer games with plans to also make them compulsory on domestic flights. The NSW government revealed it would be extending mask rules after face coverings were made mandatory in public indoor spaces and at the SGC Test match this week.Since…

People will be forced to wear face masks at major sporting events such as A-League soccer games with plans to also make them compulsory on domestic flights.

The NSW government revealed it would be extending mask rules after face coverings were made mandatory in public indoor spaces and at the SGC Test match this week.

Since Monday, people must wear a face mask in public indoor space such as a retail store or beauty salon or cop a $200 fine.

Masks were also mandated at the ongoing cricket Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground amid concerns about the potential spread of coronavirus.

On Thursday, Health Minister Brad Hazzard revealed sporting events such as A-League soccer games would be next – and domestic flights could become subject to the rule as well.

“Discussions have taken place between NSW Public Health and the A-League, and as a result there will be some requirement to be imposed in the next day or so, which will mandate the use of masks also for those spectators who attend an A-League game and other sporting events of a similar ilk,” he said.

“Spectators can expect that when they attend the game this weekend in Newcastle, that extra layer of protection will be there. You will have to take a mask with you and you will be required to wear (it) during the entire event except of course when you’re eating or drinking.”

He indicated it was a step the government took with some reluctance.

“We obviously would have liked to have avoided that,” Mr Hazzard said.

He also revealed discussions are ongoing with the governments of Victoria and Queensland to explore a mask mandate on domestic flight between those states and NSW.

That subject will also be discussed at Friday’s national cabinet meeting, which Premier Gladys Berejiklian is expected to attend despite having been away on holiday for the past week.

“I‘m quite sure that all states and territories will be able to come to some reasonable resolution,” Mr Hazzard said.

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