Face masks to be compulsory on NI public transport

Elias Hubbard
June 29, 2020

Graham stressed that as lockdown is lifted and use of public transport gradually begins to increase, the use of face masks will become more important than ever, particularly with public transport capacities being raised to 50%. Currently, the executive says no more than 10 people should attend.

Speaking at the Stormont press conference, Mrs Foster said the decision "will not alter the situation for indoor home visits, pubs or restaurants or indeed hotel conventions".

The Republic of Ireland has moved to make face coverings compulsory from today.

The rule in Northern Ireland has changed from two metres to one with certain conditions in place.

The shift was agreed by the govt very last week, forward of the hospitality sector making ready to reopen thoroughly on Friday.

ANYONE found not to be wearing a face mask while using public transport in Ireland could be fined, according to the National Transport Authority (NTA).

At present, the government strongly endorses they are worn in retailers and on general public transport, or if browsing men and women indoors, where it can be more complicated to maintain social distancing.

It is recognized the executive could now modify its proposed date.

Ms Mallon, the infrastructure minister, has had discussions with unions and the police about the model of enforcement, which is likely to be similar to measures introduced in Scotland with spot checks by police and fines for those breaking the rules.

The first minister attended a service at St Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, on Monday.

She reminded the public that as hairdressers, gyms and cafes reopen to act as "vital jigsaw pieces in the revival of our economy" but said it was not "business as usual".

"It has been incredibly hard, particularly for those who have been mourning", she added.

In the meantime charity BirthWise is calling on Well being Minister Robin Swann to update maternity recommendations.

The Department of Wellness stated that existing limitations on appointments and going to are getting reviewed and steerage would be revealed soon.

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