Written answers

Thursday, 31 March 2022

Photo of Gino KennyGino Kenny (Dublin Mid West, People Before Profit Alliance)
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32. To ask the Minister for Health his views on, and response to, the recent request by an organisation (details supplied) for the reintroduction of masks in indoor public and other crowded settings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17019/22]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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My Department, through the Office of the Chief Medical Officer, together with colleagues in the HSE and the National Virus Reference Laboratory, continues to monitor the epidemiological profile carefully, and will provide public health advice to me as required for consideration.At present mask wearing is advised based on individual risk assessment, particularly while disease incidence is high. Anyone who wishes to wear a mask should not be discouraged from doing so. Individuals who are vulnerable to COVID-19 are further advised to be aware of the risk associated with activities they may choose to engage in and to take measures to optimally protect themselves. Vulnerable individuals are advised to consider wearing masks in crowded indoor settings, such as may relate, for example, to social gatherings or other activities and events.


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