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Face masks no longer mandatory on EU flights from next week
The new recommendations are set to come into effect from 16 May.
Mask wearing looks set to become optional in the coming weeks
It is understood that members of NPHET are positive about the current Covid-19 situation.
The mask requirement on public transport, shops and in schools is expected to be lifted soon
The move will be one of the biggest changes in the pandemic, writes Christina Finn
Members of NPHET met with Health Minister Stephen Donnelly on Monday night
NPHET recommends clearer advice that medical and respirator masks 'offer greater protection'
Respirator masks include FFP2 face masks.
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FactCheck: This Irish video about masks is incorrect to claim they do not work against Covid-19
A video viewed thousands of times on an Irish Facebook page contains incorrect information about the effectiveness of masks.
Face coverings now mandatory for everyone in House of Commons - except MPs
Commons authorities said it couldn’t compel MPs to wear masks as they are not deemed to be Parliament employees.
Happy shoppers return to stores but city retailers warn that tourism and office workers are still key
Customers can expect social distancing enforcement, one way traffic systems and lots of hand sanitiser.
Non-essential retail is allowed to resume from today
Face coverings are still mandatory to wear for customers and staff
Queues at some stores but reopening generally more low key than last year
Footfall a boost for cities but retailers warn tourism is still important
Israelis no longer have to wear masks outdoors as Covid-19 cases plummet
Masks will still be required indoors, however.
Face coverings are now mandatory in banks, post offices and credit unions
The Financial Services Union has welcomed the decision by Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly.
'We're asking people to do the right thing': Face coverings now mandatory for drivers and passengers in taxis
Drivers of taxis are entitled to refuse carriage to somebody not wearing a face covering under new regulations.
South Korea starts fining people for not wearing masks
The country recorded 191 new coronavirus cases today.
Debunked: No, face masks 'sprayed with Teflon' are not causing flu-like symptoms
This claim has been shared widely on Facebook recently.
Less than half of schools providing medical grade face masks to SNAs, survey finds
That’s according to a survey conducted by trade union Fórsa.
Students who refuse to wear face masks will be sent home from secondary schools, Norma Foley says
The Education Minister has said all pupils must wear face masks, unless there is a medical reason not to.
U-turn in England as secondary pupils advised to wear face coverings in lockdown areas
Face coverings will not be recommended in schools more widely in England, but will be at the schools’ discretion.
Debunked: No, wearing a face mask does not 'disrupt pH levels' and increase cancer risk
A widely shared Facebook post incorrectly claims that wearing a mask causes people to breathe in their own carbon dioxide.
Church leaders unite to recommend wearing of face coverings during worship
The leaders of the Catholic Church, Church of Ireland, Presbyterians and Methodists issued a statement today.
Poll: Are you concerned about using public transport?
It is mandatory to wear face coverings on public transport.
Explainer: Everything to know about new face covering regulations
You have to wear a face covering in most shops from today.
Face coverings mandatory in shops and other indoor settings from today
It is now mandatory to wear a face covering in shops, hairdressers, cinemas and museums.
Teachers and secondary school students to wear face coverings on return to school, says government
The Department of Education confirmed the latest advice in a statement this evening.
Secondary students: 'If you want us to wear face masks in the classroom, we'll do it'
Students at third level institutions have been advised to wear face coverings if they cannot maintain a distance of two metres.
Donnelly expects 'very little need' to police wearing of face coverings
Face masks will become mandatory in all shops and retail centres from Monday.
FactCheck: Did a Belfast bank post a notice describing balaclavas as 'unsuitable' face coverings?
A tweet sharing a photo of a notice at a NatWest branch suggests that the notice was displayed in Belfast.
Q&A: Your questions about Ireland's Covid-19 restrictions and health advice answered
Phase 4 has been delayed and there are some new restrictions on the way – what does it mean for you?
Face coverings will have to be worn in the Dáil from next week
The move also extends to hallways and work spaces and includes TDs, Oireachtas staff and reporters.
Face coverings to be made mandatory in shops, Taoiseach confirms
Ministers approved the proposal at cabinet this evening.
Face coverings to be made compulsory in shops in England
The order comes into force on 24 July and people who don’t comply could face a fine of up to £100 (€110).
Mandatory masks on public transport 'challenging for people who are Deaf and hard of hearing'
Advocacy group Chime suggested that transparent face-shields should be allowed to be used instead.
Bus drivers concerned about conflict between passengers over mandatory face coverings
There is some confusion around who will police new regulations that make face coverings on public transport mandatory.
Half of Dublin Bus passengers are wearing face masks but compliance on transport varies widely
Compliance across various services ranges from 40% to 98%, the National Transport Authority has said.
Mandatory use of face coverings on public transport 'likely' to be enforced through fines
Enforcement will not begin for a number of weeks, the CEO of the National Transport Authority said.
Government confirms face coverings will be mandatory for passengers on public transport
It follows weeks of criticism that not enough people were wearing face coverings while on public transport.
Health officials recommend campaign to educate public on the wearing of face masks
The campaign will outline best practice for use of face coverings in retail outlets and on public transport.
Explainer: What exactly is the latest advice on face masks and why you should wear them?
Dr Tony Holohan has said “we need to do better” in terms of the general public wearing face masks as recommended.
'I think we can do better': Dr Holohan urges more people to wear face masks in public
The chief medical officer said he’d been shopping at the weekend and was struck by the number of people not wearing one.
It will be mandatory to wear face coverings on public transport in England from mid-June
Here in Ireland, advice on wearing face coverings on public transport is a guidance, not a rule.
New guidelines for producers of Covid-19 face coverings
The CCPC has warned against claims that these items protect the wearer from Covid-19.
Taoiseach advises public to wear face coverings on public transport and in retail stores
The use of face coverings will not be made a legal requirement.
NI Executive to advise public to wear face coverings in enclosed spaces
Stormont leaders also confirmed that the North’s Covid-19 infection rate is still too high to ease restrictions.
Public guidance on wearing face-coverings 'in certain scenarios' due in next two weeks
Face coverings could possibly be advised for use while on public transport or in retail settings.