Wearing a mask

Masks are required for all visitors and patients attending Peter Mac. N95 masks are available at our entrance screening points - please collect a N95 mask and wear for the duration of your visit.

You can check our latest visitor restrictions here.

If you are attending Peter Mac as a patient or permitted visitor, please note:

  • All people over the age of eight years must wear a mask.
  • Wear the mask provided to you at the entrance point. This must be an N95 mask.
  • It should not be a cloth mask.
  • Do not wear your mask under your chin, or with your nose exposed.
  • Maintain a physical distance of 1.5 meters from others.

By everyone wearing a mask, this reduces your risk of catching the virus or unknowingly passing it on to our vulnerable patients.

You will see that all Peter Mac staff are also wearing masks, and this about keeping you safe and protecting our healthcare workforce.

Please also consider these further tips on mask use: 

  • Position the coloured side (often the blue side) of the mask outward.
  • Make sure the thick white strip is at the top of the mask and positioned against the bridge of your nose. It has a wire in it to seal the mask around your nose.
  • Hold the mask by both ear loops and place one loop over each ear.
  • Mould the bendable metallic upper strip to the shape of your nose by pinching and pressing down on it with your fingers.
  • Pull the bottom of the mask under your chin.
  • Be sure the mask fits snugly.
  • Avoid touching the mask once in position.
  • If the mask gets soiled or damp, replace it with a new one.


You should perform hand hygiene, remove your mask, put in in the bin and do hand hygiene again.

Have a second mask ready to put on once you’ve finished eating.

 You should maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres and practice good hygiene at all times.

Eating and drinking should not be used as an excuse not to wear a mask. You must use common sense and wear a mask at all times where possible.

Yes, masks that get damp or soiled should be changed.

Perform Hand hygiene before and after changing your mask. 

This is also a moment to consider whether you are well. If you are displaying symptoms, you should be tested for COVID-19 and remain at home until you get the results. 

Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 70 per cent alcohol. 

You should avoid touching your face but if you really need to scratch it you should:

a) perform hand hygiene

b) remove the mask and place it into the bin

c) perform hand hygiene

d) scratch your face

e) perform hand hygiene

f) put a new mask on. 

TIP: In order to prevent the itch, some suggestions include moisturiser, toner or a barrier cream.

We have masks readily available for everyone. If your mask is damp or soiled or you're planning to have lunch and need to remove it, please ask our staff for a new one.

They are available at the checkpoints at the main entrance and at desks across Peter Mac. 

But please use them considerately and for as long as possible up to 4 hours.

Single use masks should be placed in the bin immediately once removed, they are not to be reused.

Please wash or sanitise hands before and after removing a mask or putting a new one on. 

No, leave your mask on and keep 1.5 metres from others.

It may feel like the mask is obstructing your voice but it can be heard clearly through the mask both in person and on the phone. This is an example of when a mask is a useful strategy in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

A beard should not interfere with obtaining sufficient coverage with the mask. 

Your nose, mouth and chin should be covered by the mask so if your beard is interfering with the fit, shaving would be recommended.

Make sure the face covering is fitted and moulded to your nose if possible.  Put your glasses on after the mask. Wash your glasses with detergent and water to create a film to prevent fogging. Shaving cream applied to your lenses and wiped off without rinsing is another alternative. Or put a folded tissue across the bridge of your nose, then put your mask on and your glasses on top. You can also use micropore tape (available at all pharmacies) to tape the mask along the bridge of your nose and cheeks, then put your glasses on top. Be careful to protect your skin with a barrier cream to prevent damage.

If you are able to safely dispose of the mask in plastic bag in the car, you can remove it, but perform hand hygiene with hand sanitizer before and after. If you don’t have anywhere to store the used mask, leave it on until you get home where you can place it in the bin and perform hand hygiene.