Guidelines and requirements as of this week, starting August 10.
It is now mandatory to wear face coverings in certain premises in Ireland, in an attempt to fight the coronavirus battle.
Given the uncertain territory that we are now facing, it is easy to become confused about when and where it is appropriate to wear a face covering.
While it was previously made mandatory to wear a face mask on public transport, it was not yet mandatory to wear them in many other social settings. But this has now changed, Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, has signed into Irish law the mandatory wearing of face coverings in certain situations that were not yet included on the mandatory list before.
According to the Health Act 1947 (Section 31A – Temporary Restrictions) (COVID-19) (Face Coverings In Certain Premises And Business) Regulations 2020, the following list is where a mask must now be worn.
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There are other indoor settings on the list that aren’t included in the mandatory face-covering list, including restaurants and banks. The list can be found below.
The regulations will remain in place until at least October the 5th 2020, with there a maximum fine of €2,500 for those who don’t comply.