Masks could remain mandatory in indoor settings in New South Wales even after the state hits the 95 per cent vaccination rate, amid fears infections will spike during the Christmas shopping rush.
NSW is second only to the ACT in vaccination rates in Australia and had just 166 new cases of Covid recorded on Tuesday, but the state government is being urged to keep mask-wearing as part of ongoing pandemic laws.
There are fears the virus could spread significantly in retail settings with millions shopping before Christmas, prompting health officials to make an 11th hour bid to get the face coverings compulsory.
As of Tuesday night, 91.9 per cent of over-16s in the state are fully-vaccinated and 94.4 per cent are double jabbed.
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