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# face masks

This year
Poll: Do you wear a face covering in crowded settings?
The Taoiseach has played down calls for a mask mandate.
Immunologist says stronger advice on mask-wearing needed amid surge in respiratory viruses
Professor Christine Loscher told The Journal that the Government “missed a trick” in not issuing stronger advice sooner.
Last year
Poll: Do you wear a face mask in crowded places?
For some people, particularly those who are immunocompromised, the pandemic is still a significant worry.
Face masks no longer mandatory on EU flights from next week
The new recommendations are set to come into effect from 16 May.
Poll: Do you still wear a face mask in certain situations?
They’re no longer mandatory, but they can still offer protection against catching or spreading Covid-19.
CMO says PCR testing 'no longer needed' for most under 55s and suggests concluding NPHET
Dr Tony Holohan recommended change to the priority for PCR testing.
Dr Tony Holohan has said that asymptomatic close contacts will no longer need to restrict their movements.
CMO also says it is 'timely' to conclude the work of the National Public Health Emergency Team given this stage of the pandemic.
Taoiseach earlier confirmed that mask-wearing would become optional in most settings.
NPHET recommend end to mandatory mask-wearing in education, public transport and school settings
Public health officials advised the government of the move following a meeting today.
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
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Unmasked students should not be excluded from school, department advises
The CEO of the Irish Primary Principals’ Network said there have been “high levels of compliance” among children wearing masks.
What are face mask requirements for primary school children in other European countries?
Nine to 12 year-olds are now required to wear face masks in Ireland.
'My son's been thrown under the bus': Warning that mask rules leave Deaf children 'isolated' in school
Since Wednesday, children aged 9-12 have been required to wear masks in school.
Children aged nine and over to be asked to wear masks indoors in public on temporary basis
Cabinet minister met today to consider advice from NPHET on the current Covid-19 situation.
Irish university warns students that lecturers may call security if masks aren't worn in class
It’s just one of a number of approaches taken by universities as doors have reopened.
University College Cork has said lecturers will ask campus security to remove those who refuse requests to wear a mask, Stephen McDermott writes.
College says classes may also be cancelled and will not be repeated if security are unable to attend.
FactCheck: No, masks were not shown to increase children's carbon dioxide intake
The paper claimed that masks increase children’s carbon dioxide intake, but multiple problems have been identified with its research.
FactCheck: No, these claims in an anti-mask leaflet delivered to homes aren't true
A leaflet by Anti-Corruption Ireland contains a list of false statements about masks and their effectiveness.
Poll: Do you wear a face covering in busy outdoor places?
The government recommends wearing one in crowded outdoor settings.
Israelis no longer have to wear masks outdoors as Covid-19 cases plummet
Masks will still be required indoors, however.
Poll: Should joggers and cyclists have to wear face masks?
The WHO doesn’t think they should, but others disagree.
'The virus kills people we love': Woman whose husband died from Covid-19 urges people to wear masks
To people who are “fed up” of the pandemic, Jeni Pim said: “I’m fed up with it as well, it has killed my soulmate.”
Woman, 20s, charged over assault after dispute on mask wearing
The woman assaulted a staff member at a premises where she had not worn a face covering.
FactCheck: Yes, masks, including cloth masks, can help prevent Covid-19 transmission
Studies have shown that masks can help prevent the spread of the virus.
'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.
Taoiseach says 'strong evidence' that reopening wet pubs would mean 'far higher numbers far faster'
Restaurants will be allowed reopen from next Friday.
Face masks are now recommended 'on busy streets' and public asked to use 'common sense'
The government updated its guidance on mask-wearing this evening.
Debunked: No, face masks 'sprayed with Teflon' are not causing flu-like symptoms
This claim has been shared widely on Facebook recently.
'It's just not as good': HSE urges public to wear face masks instead of face visors where possible
The health service issued a warning about face visors today.
Eight people have files sent to DPP over failure to wear a face mask
The DPP will decide if criminal charges should be brought.
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.
Concern about number of people wearing face masks under their chins or with noses exposed
Acting CMO Dr Ronan Glynn this evening warned improper use of face coverings could increase risk.
Police break up gathering of thousands protesting pandemic restrictions in Germany
Germany recorded more than 1,500 new cases in the past 24 hours.
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.
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.
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.
Donnelly expects 'very little need' to police wearing of face coverings
Face masks will become mandatory in all shops and retail centres from Monday.
Canada: Man shot by police at his home after incident sparked by refusal to wear face mask in shop
The man allegedly assaulted a grocery store employee before being shot on Wednesday.
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.
Face masks on public transport to become compulsory from next week
Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced the new measure this afternoon.
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.