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Harris - "Just like we pick up our keys and wallet, we need to carry our face covering"

By James Fenton

June 17, 2020 at 5:26pm

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Simon Harris has been speaking in the Dáil about the use of face coverings, saying that while "it's not something we're used to in this country, we need to get used to it."

The government launched a campaign earlier this week to provide the public with information on the use of face coverings and Simon Harris reiterated the message in the Dáil today, saying "we are asking people to wear face coverings when they use public transport, when they're in indoor public areas including retail outlets, when they're visiting the homes of those who are cocooning and when they're being visited in their homes by those who are cocooning, when they're visiting a residential care facility or in any environment where it may be difficult to maintain social distancing."

Harris went on to say "this can feel difficult, odd and peculiar and it can feel like a strange thing to do in this country, we're not used to it culturally." The Health Minister then reached into his pocket and pulled out a face covering, adding: "just like we pick up our keys, our mobile phone and our wallet, we need too to pick up our face covering in a bag and stick it in our pocket."

You can view Harris' full speech below...

The government's guidelines on the wearing of face coverings can be found here.

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