Three Adelaide businesses are under investigation after they reportedly refused to serve people who were wearing face masks.

Businesses have been warned that refusing to serve those wearing masks could constitute discrimination.

Over the past two weeks, three separate instances of businesses refusing service have been reported, The Advertiser reports.

Equal Opportunity Commissioner Dr Niki Vincent says that the three reports are being investigated.

“Many people are now currently choosing to wear a face mask as a protective measure,” Dr Vincent told The Advertiser.

“[Businesses] need to be careful that in adopting these measures they don’t discriminate against someone on the basis of presumed illness, race, disability or age.”

If the matters are not resolved by the commission, they will be referred to a tribunal.


Businesses are able to take ‘reasonable’ action to ensure that the coronavirus is not spread if they have a reasonable belief that a customer or staff member is carrying the virus.