face coverings

  • People must wear face coverings while on public transport from now on, or they will be refused entry onto buses and trains.

    That's the warning from Mayo FG Deputy Alan Dillon, who says the travelling public should wear face coverings, to protect themselves and others from Covid-19.

    Deputy Dillon says the people of Mayo have done so well in following public health advice since the start of the pandemic, and have managed to flatten the curve due to our combined efforts, but we must remain vigilant and protect ourselves and our communities by continuing to follow public health advice.

  • People will be asked to wear face coverings in all churches from August 30th.

    The leaders of the Catholic, Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and Methodist churches have issued the call jointly.

    People will be formally 'recommended and encouraged' to use them in all services.

    However Bishop of Elphin, Kevin Doran, says they will not be mandatory.

  • The wearing of face coverings in retail settings is mandatory from today.

    Regulations to enforce the compulsory wearing of face coverings on public transport came into effect last month.

    Taoiseach Micheal Martin said retail staff will be required to wear face coverings unless there is a partition or a space of two metres between them and customers.

    The rules will not apply to children under 13 or anyone who can't wear one due to physical or mental incapacity.

    Duncan Smith from Retail Excellence said retailers do have the power to call the Gardai over non compliance - but don't expect they'll have to:

  • There are a number of "do’s and don’ts" about wearing face masks/covering during the Covid 19 pandemic, and among the do’s is to wash your face covering daily at a 60 degrees machine wash with detergent.

    That’s according to Dr Ciara Kelly, Public Health Specialist Registrar at HSE West.

    Dr Kelly explains that the wearing of a face mask or covering is advised in any situation where 2metre social distancing is not always possible, but again stressed the constant washing of hands, and adhering to coughing and sneezing etiquette, and maintaining social distancing as the most effective ways of preventing the spreading or contraction of the virus.

    Dr Kelly has been speaking to Midwest News today about the latest HSE advise on the wearing/ non-wearing of facemasks.

    For more information see hse.ie