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Footplate – Public Health Order Exemption: Mandatory Face Coverings

Jan 28, 2021COVID19 Update

Members are advised of a recent exemption to the mandatory wearing of face masks on public transport issued by NSW Minister for Health Brad Hazzard MP. 

The order states a person is exempt from wearing a mask if they: 

  1. are at premises, at a public transport waiting area, or in a vehicle for the purposes [of] their employment or engagement; AND
  2. are not interacting directly with members of the public

This is limited to staff, contractors, volunteers, or workers at the premises. 

This exemption is especially relevant to Locomotive Division members as it  captures the Drivers Cab environment, meaning Drivers are not required to wear a face covering while in the Cab as they are not interacting with members of the  public. 

Members will still be required to comply with other elements of the health order by wearing a mask or face covering in paid transport areas including stations, platforms or whilst using public transport.  

The Locomotive Division will continue to support health advice for the safety of our members and the traveling public.  

Full health orders and exemptions can be found on the NSW Government Health website. 

Should members have any questions please contact your local delegate or  Locomotive Division Head Office.

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