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COVID-19 Face Masks to be made mandatory in Ireland as phase 4 reopening is suspended.

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Phase 4 deferred as Covid reproductive rate rises


Ireland will not progress to Phase 4 of the roadmap on reopening as planned next week, the Taoiseach has said.

Micheál Martin said that Cabinet has agreed that current health measures on Covid-19 should remain in place until 10 August.

Speaking at a press conference following a Cabinet meeting at Dublin Castle, Mr Martin said that the Government identified five key priority areas:

  • Face coverings must be worn in all shops and retail settings and shopping centres. Retail staff will also be required to wear them unless there is a partition in place or there is a space of 2 metres between them and customers.
  • Pubs, bars, hotel bars, nightclubs and casinos will remain closed until 10 August. Pubs currently serving food can remain open.
  • Social visits to people's homes should be limited to a max of ten people from no more than four different households.
  • Current restrictions of 50 people in indoor gatherings, 200 at outdoor gatherings is being extended until 10 August.
  • It is continuing to advise against all non-essential travel.
Regulations on face coverings in the retail sector will take some time to draft but the strong advice is for people to start obeying the guidance immediately.

The Acting Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, Dr Ronan Glynn, said that the reproductive rate of the coronavirus, the R number, in Ireland is now between 1.2 and 1.8.


 

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All very convenient given the EID event being held in Croke Park.

I rarely recommend videos but this stellar five minutes tells you everything you need to know about mandatory face masks.

I will not wear a mask and am willing to risk arrest and jail.

 

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Or a last-ditch effort to avoid a further lockdown by ensuring the risks are kept to a minium.

This winter is going to be hell.
Do you think we'll make it through?

 
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