Taoiseach Confirms Mandatory Mask-Wearing Will End On 28th February

The Taoiseach has confirmed mandatory mask-wearing will end in 10 days’ time.

Micheál Martin says they’ll no longer be required in public transport, shops and schools – but will be needed in healthcare settings.

Other mitigation measures will also be removed in schools and early years settings from February 28th, including physical distancing measures such as pods.

It follows new advice the government received from NPHET yesterday.

Micheál Martin says the government has accepted that in full:

The pandemic is not over. There’s still disease out there, but the conversion to hospitalisation and ICU is not significant. The Chief Medical Officer is clear that the public health rationale no longer applies in terms of retaining regulations around the mandatory wearing of masks. However, public health advice will continue in guidance, particularly  of healthcare settings.”


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