Face coverings now mandatory in shops in Ireland


Summary generated on August 11, 2020

    Face coverings are mandatory in shops, shopping centres and other indoor settings in all parts of Ireland from Monday.

    Shoppers who refuse to wear coverings in the Republic will face fines of up to €2,500 and a potential prison stint.

    Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Dr Dunne warned it was important to wear a face covering properly, ensuring that nose and chin were covered.

    You should wear a face covering in situations where it is difficult to stay 2 metres apart from others, for example, in shops or public transport.

    Wearing a face covering reduces the spread of #coronavirus in the community.

    In the North, a new regulation is also being brought in on Monday to wear face coverings in shops and other enclosed settings unless the individual is unable to.

    In a joint statement on Sunday evening, the Executive described the use of face coverings as a "Vital defence in our battle against Covid-19".

    They added: "We are confident most people will comply, but those who do not wear a face covering without a reasonable excuse risk being issued with a fixed penalty notice by the police."

    "Retailers are doing all they can to support necessary safety regulations and will play their role in communicating and encouraging the Executive's new policy on face coverings," he said.

    "We would urge everyone who can wear face coverings to abide by the law and do so. This is not just about a legal responsibility - it's about protecting each other. Please wear one - and encourage your family, friends and colleagues to do likewise. Everyone has a role to play in ensuring compliance."