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Mandatory Face Masks Not Ruled Out By Government

Ben Finnegan
Ben Finnegan

2:28 PM - 15 Jun 2020



The Government has said the mandatory wearing of face masks hasn't been ruled out.

The government has launched a new campaign to encourage people to wear face coverings where social distancing is difficult.

Ads will be rolled out on TV, radio and outdoors advising people on how and where to wear them.

 

"Really asking the Irish people, just like they adopted the handwashing techniques, the cough etiquette, the two-metre rule and this is the next big step we need to take now," said Health Minister Simon Harris.

 

"Just getting into the habit of getting a face covering, wearing it properly and bringing it with you when you leave the house."

 

Meanwhile, the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said, "we have given consideration to making it mandatory - we don't rule that out. But there are real difficulties with that. Some people have phobias, for example, some people have breathing difficulties - there are lots of different reasons you wouldn't make it madatory."

Ads will be rolled out on TV, radio and outdoors advising people on how and where to wear them.



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