Face masks to remain in place in Ireland until Spring 2022 as per new roadmap

Face masks to remain in place in Ireland until Spring 2022 as per new roadmap

PEOPLE in Ireland will be expected to wear face masks in public spaces until Spring next year, according to reports.

A new roadmap for easing Covid-19 restrictions is allegedly being drafted by the government and could see social distancing rules relaxed in the coming weeks.

According to the Irish Times, the plans will include a move away from nationwide restrictions and focus more on advice and personal judgement.

Although, this move would be heavily dependent on strict targets being met, such as the percentage of the population being vaccinated and the number of daily Covid-19 cases being reported.

Among the restrictions being considered is the requirement to wear face masks.

Masks will likely remain mandatory for shops and public transport until Spring 2022, but they could be ditched for private indoor areas and outdoor setting completely in the coming weeks.

Speaking to RTÉ Radio One, Dr Catherine Motherway insisted that Ireland is "stuck with masks" for the foreseeable future.

"We still have to comply with public health guidance. I think we will be stuck with the masks for quite some time," she said.

"We all need to continue doing what we're doing, and if you haven't been vaccinated, get vaccinated."

A physical distancing rule of just one metre is also being considered for workplaces and indoor public spaces, which could remain in place until next Spring too.

As mentioned before, a shift towards personal judgement will be prioritised going forward, with individuals expected to self-isolate independently if they become symptomatic.

People will also be encouraged to wear masks and physically distanced based on individual risk assessment.