Search icon


18th Feb 2022

Government to accept NPHET’s advice on mask-wearing

Katy Thornton


It looks as though government is set to accept NPHET’s advice to end mandatory mask-wearing in most settings.

According to RTÉ News, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has confirmed that government will accept NPHET’s advice on mask-wearing. Their recommendation was to end mandatory mask-wearing in most settings, including retail sectors, hospitality, public transport, and schools. NPHET advised that masks continue to be mandatory in healthcare settings.

RTÉ News reported that, “changes will include an end to mandatory mask wearing, but masks will still be advised in healthcare settings and on public transport.”

Retail and hospitality workers will no longer be required to wear a mask in work. Customers will no longer have to wear one to enter these premises. Masks will no longer be required in education settings either.

RTÉ News reported that “Micheál Martin said that the country is transitioning out of the emergency phase of the pandemic” and based on the letter from NPHET, he believes mandatory mask-wearing in most settings is no longer necessary.

The mask-wearing mandate is expected to end on the 28th February.

Header image via Shutterstock

READ ON: Cork’s oldest chipper has reopened for fancy fish and chips