face masks

  • All healthcare workers now have to wear face-masks when providing close care to  patients.

    It applies to nurses, doctors and healthcare assistants in both public and private settings, treating all patients whether they have Covid 19 or not.

    The INMO says it's something they have been pushing for.

  • From next Monday, it will be mandatory to wear masks at livestock marts.

    The Department of Agriculture has confirmed that the wearing of masks in marts will be mandatory from next Monday, 24th August.

    However, marts will be exempt from the new Covid-19 restrictions in relation to numbers in indoor spaces.

    There were concerns that the reduction in indoor numbers from 50 to 6 people would apply to marts, but the Department of Agriculture told the Farmers Journal that, according to its understanding, the restriction does not apply to gatherings such as marts, where separate rules and protocols already apply.





  • The Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says regulations are being drawn up to make face masks mandatory in shops.

    Customers now have to wear face coverings in all shops and shopping centres.

    But it's unclear how it will be policed and what penalties will be enforced.

    The group representing independent grocers, supermarkets and convenience stores says there must be some kind of fine or penalty in place for the minority of people who will refuse to wear a face covering,.

    While wearing face coverings is mandatory in all stores, penalties for breaching the rules have yet to be finalised.

    Tara Buckley, spokesperson for RGDATA, told Midwest News that she believes most people will comply, but penalties will be needed for those who don't.....

  • Secondary School students and their teachers will have to wear a face covering when schools return in September.

    The Minister for Education has issued updated guidelines this evening.

    She says the new rule will apply in cases where the 2 metre social distancing rule cannot be adhered to.

    102 million euro in funding has been issued to schools so far to cover the cost of minor works to create more space in classrooms and to install handwashing stations.

  • The most up to date advice from the HSE is that the wearing of disposable masks and plastic gloves generally may do more harm than good during the pandemic

    Dr Ciara Kelly Public Health Specialist Registrar at HSE West says Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) is critical for health care workers and for persons suspected or confirmed as having contracted Covid 19, but otherwise, the wearing of face masks and disposable gloves may well give a false sense of security.

    Dr Kelly insists that the regular washing of hands, cleaning surfaces, maintaining social distancing and observing coughing and sneezing etiquette are the most effective way for the general public to prevent the spread of the virus.

    Internationally, as some countries begin to lift the lock downs imposed during the pandemic, more face masks are being distributed to the general public in these countries, speaking to Midwest News today Dr Kelly said the advice here stays the same - disposable gloves and face masks are no magic solution for the general public , and may do more harm than good in some cases if you are not sick.

  • 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