Face coverings

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A police officer or PSO can direct you to remove a face covering if they reasonably believe you are wearing the face covering to conceal your identity or to protect yourself from the effects of crowd-controlling substances (e.g. capsicum spray).

Because of COVID 19, face coverings are likely to continue to be a popular form of public health protection – it may be much harder for police/PSOs to prove that face coverings are not for a public health or religious purposes than it was before.

A face covering could include a scarf wrapped around your face or protective goggles to shield you from capsicum spray.

If you refuse to remove the face covering the police officer/PSO can order you to leave the designated area (section 10KA(1) CW Act). It is an offence to fail to comply with this order (section 10L(2), penalty 5 units).