Public advised to wear masks in certain outdoor settings 2 weeks ago

Public advised to wear masks in certain outdoor settings

Masks are being recommended for events where people congregate.

The HSE's chief clinical officer, Dr Colm Henry, has advised members of the public to wear a face covering when they attend organised outdoor events, like sporting fixtures, Breaking News reports.

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During a slot on RTÉ radio, Dr Henry also said that we don't have to go to restaurants, bars and clubs just because they're open.

The clinical officer suggested that the public cut their social contacts in half and urged anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 to stay at home and book a PCR test.

However, he did say that due to vaccinations, the health service is not in jeopardy as many vaccinated Covid patients have been able to avoid severe illness.

Dr Henry also urged those who are not yet vaccinated to avail of the shot as soon as possible.

When asked if Ireland could be going into a lockdown again, Dr Henry said that he hopes to avoid such a measure, and pointed to our high vaccination rates and accelerated booster programme.

The HSE's chief clinical officer's advice comes as new measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 were introduced this week.

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From today, all workers have been urged to work from home if possible, and, as of last night, bars, restaurants and nightclubs must close their doors at midnight.

Rules regarding household contacts have also been changed. From now on, fully vaccinated household contacts of confirmed cases must restrict their movements until they have three negative antigen tests within five days.

Additionally, proof of Covid vaccination will now be required at cinemas and theatres.

Covid certs will not be required at hairdressers and gyms, as was previously discussed by Cabinet.

Addressing the nation earlier this week, An Taoiseach Micheál Martin said that "Nobody can guarantee anything in relation to Covid-19."

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