Face coverings are mandatory in shops and indoor settings from today

Henrietta Strickland
August 10, 2020

Meanwhile, it was also confirmed over the weekend that teachers and students at secondary schools in Limerick and around the country will have to wear face coverings when they return later this month.

From today it will be an offence to not wear face coverings indoors in shopping centres, stores and supermarkets.

Shoppers are legally required to wear face coverings from today ( Monday 10th August ).

People who breach the legislation without having a reasonable excuse could attract a fixed penalty notice of £60 (reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days).

However, anyone who refuses to comply with the new regulations could face fines of up to €2,500 or seven six months of jail time.

An Taoiseach said the announcement would come as "bitter disappointment to many people" after Cabinet agreed to keep current public health measures in place.

On the issue of face coverings, critics have questioned how the requirement will be enforced with the department of health confirming it's a matter for the police.

Anyone with an illness or impairment that would make wearing or removing a face covering upsetting or uncomfortable also does not have to wear one.

"We would urge everyone who can wear face coverings to abide by the law and do so". This is not just about a legal responsibility - it's about protecting each other. "Everyone has a role to play in ensuring compliance". But it also has to be remembered that some people can not wear face coverings, due to a disability or health condition.

On Friday, they recorded 15 new cases bringing the total in the region to 6,064.

There were no deaths reported, with Ireland's toll remaining at 1,772.

Chief scientific adviser Professor Ian Young has urged continued vigilance.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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