Masks mandatory again in Western Sydney hospitals

Nurse Maria Aida and dental assistant Lorena Da Silva at the screening station in the Blacktown Hospital main entrance earlier this year.

Masks are once again required at all Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) facilities to help protect staff, patients and visitors from COVID-19.

NSW Health has upgraded the risk of community transmission in light of the 28 cases so far linked to the Avalon cluster.

This means masks will now be required inside Auburn, Blacktown, Cumberland, Mount Druitt and Westmead hospitals, as well as WSLHD community health centres.

Dr Shopna Bag, WSLHD Public Health Unit director, is reminding the public that masks alone are not enough to protect against COVID-19.

“This virus is easily spread and we need to all steps to protect you and your loved ones,” Dr Bag said.

“When you’re out and about, keep 1.5 metres away from others and wash your hands regularly. Reconsider any unnecessary travel, especially to crowded locations such as shopping centres. Wear a mask if using public transport and in places where you cannot stay 1.5 metres away from others.

“Most importantly, if you have the slightest of symptoms such as a sore throat or high temperature, get tested, and self-isolate until you get your results.”

Screening will continue to occur at health facility entrances, where staff and visitors will be asked about recent travel to any affected areas.

Regularly check the NSW Health website for the full list of affected venues and public transport routes:

There are more than 20 testing clinics across Western Sydney – find your nearest one here: