Face masks 'will become mandatory' in shops and indoor spaces across Ireland
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Face masks 'will become mandatory' in shops and indoor spaces across Ireland

FACE MASKS are likely to become a requirement in shops and indoor spaces in Ireland following today's cabinet meeting.

Current guidelines state that face masks must be worn on public transport such as trains, trams and buses.

But it's understood that ministers discussed the proposal to extend the mandatory requirement for people in shops and other indoor spaces, according to RTE.

Supposed punishments for failing to wear a mask on public transport could bring a fine of up to €2,500, or even a six month prison sentence.

It isn't yet clear whether the same punishments will apply for people who fail to wear them in shops however.

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Taoiseach Micheal Martin confirmed last week that masks were to become mandatory on public transport after meeting with Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly and CEO of the HSE Paul Reid.

Plans for a winter initiative to help combat any potential second surge in the virus were also discussed including plans for how to best prepare hospitals and the healthcare system. 

Mr Martin admitted that winter could pose a series of complex problems related to Covid-19. 

He was keen to stress, however, that the Irish government would continue to maintain its cautious approach in tackling the virus.