Mask-holding man cops fine in Tasmania

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A man holding a mask has copped a $774 fine for refusing to put it on at an airport in northwest Tasmania.

The 51-year-old from Victoria disobeyed several requests from police officers to wear the face covering at Burnie Airport on Monday morning.

It became mandatory in late January to wear masks on all flights to and from Tasmania.

The man did not have an exemption to not wear or remove the mask, police say.

"Our main priority is to educate the public, but on occasion it is necessary to take action against those individuals whose behaviour puts others at risk," Inspector Gary Williams said.

"Now is not the time to become complacent and we continue to seek the support of the community to keep all of us safe."

Mask compliance in the state's northwest has been high overall, police say.