Words: Eva O’Beirne
Face coverings will no longer be compulsory in shops, on public transport, in schools or at work from Monday 28 February.
There will be an ‘advisory’ in place for people on public transport to wear masks but it will not be a legal requirement. Masks will still be required in health-care settings. The restrictions on schools and childcare which will see social distancing, pods and staggered breaks will be removed also.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the Government made this decision as Ireland is “moving from the emergency phase of the pandemic to a new transitionary phase.”
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said he believes people will continue wearing masks after restrictions are lifted and indicated that it could become a social norm.
Elsewhere on District: Brian Teeling and Emma Roche remove artwork from National Gallery of Ireland