Some face mask rules likely to be extended in NSW

Face masks can still be mandatory in some places in New South Wales, even after the country has reached 95 percent of the targeted vaccinations.

The NSW Government’s COVID-19 Committee will meet today and future rules around mask are expected to be high on the agenda.

Full NSW vaccination is expected to reach 95 per cent around December 15.

Greg Hunt wears a face mask. (supplied)

It was expected that the mask authorizations would be dropped upon reaching the master teacher.

However, 9News understands that masks will still be required when riding public transport, under the new rules to be implemented in a few weeks.

Hospital workers, the elderly, and the healthcare sectors will also still need to wear masks.

It seems likely that masks will no longer be mandatory in school settings, but are highly recommended in malls, restaurants or bars.

Meanwhile, unvaccinated high school students received some good news this morning.

Students are now granted an exemption to attend their forms, provided they return a negative PCR test within 72 hours.

Health Secretary Greg Hunt said the senior students have done a very difficult job this year and they deserve to be able to celebrate.

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