Legal issues during COVID-19

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Youthlaw factsheet (updated on 22 January 2021)

This fact sheet has information that might help you with common legal issues facing young people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our fact sheet is up-to-date as of 22 January 2021. We recommend you check here for the most up to date COVID-19 information from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Do I have to wear a face mask?

The rules around face masks have changed. You can find the current rules here.

It is really important that you carry a face mask with you at all times.

You must now wear a mask in a number of places including:

  • On public transport
  • In taxis or ride shares (like Uber)
  • When going to large retail venues (shopping centres, supermarkets, Bunnings etc)
  • Shopping Centres
  • Indoor markets
  • On flights/at the airport
  • In hospitals
  • When visiting aged care.

You are still encouraged to wear a mask indoors and outdoors when you cannot keep 1.5 meters distance from other people.

If you don’t follow the rules – the police may give you a fine. You should contact us for advice if you get a fine.

There are some exceptions to having to wear a face covering. For example, if you have a certain medical condition. You can find more information on the requirement to wear a face covering here.

Can’t find the answer you’re looking for?

If you can’t find the answer to your question here, please call to speak to a lawyer on 03 9113 9500 or send an email to and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.