Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Covid-19 Pandemic

Darren O'Rourke (Meath East, Sinn Fein)
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1069. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to introduce mandatory wearing of face masks for all users of public transport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6759/20]

Photo of Louise O'ReillyLouise O'Reilly (Dublin Fingal, Sinn Fein)
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1088. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he has considered the need for the wearing of face coverings on public transport by transport workers and or passengers; the details of advice he has received and the minutes of meetings in which this has been discussed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6935/20]

Photo of Shane RossShane Ross (Dublin Rathdown, Independent)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 1069 and 1088 together.

On the 16th of May,  An Taoiseach announced updated public health guidance in relation to wearing face coverings in certain circumstances as part of efforts to tackle coronavirus in Ireland, recommending that face coverings should be worn when using busy public transport or in enclosed indoor public areas such as retail outlets. While it is recommended that face coverings should be worn as an additional hygiene measure in these circumstances, it is not a legal requirement to do so.

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