NEW precautionary measurements put in place by the Murrumbidgee Local Health District will see their health workers wear surgical masks whenever they're within 1.5 metres of patients.
The changes came into effect on July 24, and they also saw any patients in hospital and community health settings be required to wear surgical masks, where possible.
Carla Bailey, MLHD Incident Controller COVID-19 Health Emergency Operations Centre, said staff would wear masks as a precautionary measure, as masks had proven effective in suppressing coronavirus transmission.
"Please don't become alarmed when you see a health working wearing a surgical mask," Ms Bailey said.
"This is an extra precaution we are taking in order to protect our staff and the broader community, on top of a range of other infection control measures."
Ms Bailey said significant long-term planning ensured that MLHD had an adequate supply of masks and staff had been trained in how to safely apply and remove masks.