A bill is being prepared just in case they're needed
The Cabinet will approve the drafting of new laws around mandatory mask-wearing this morning.
A bill is being prepared which would allow the government to reintroduce a mask mandate.
NEW: Cabinet approving legislation this morning to give Government the power to bring back mandatory mask wearing in certain settings. There are no plans to bring back masks, and no settings identified. But they want to have the power should it be needed
— Seán Defoe (@SeanDefoe) June 28, 2022
No settings have been identified and sources say there are no immediate plans for a return of mandatory mask-wearing.
It’s being approved as a cautionary measure ahead of the winter as all legislation around mask-wearing has lapsed.