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Government Announces Mandatory Mask-Wearing Rule To End

By Dave Simpson
Government Announces Mandatory Mask-Wearing Rule To End

Following news that the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has recommended the removal of the mandatory mask-wearing rule, the government has announced that the mandatory rule will end from Monday 28 February.


According to a statement published on, from Monday 28 February, the mandatory requirement to wear masks will be removed, however, it is still advised to wear masks on public transport and in healthcare settings.

Covid-19 And Educational Facilities

Additionally, advice regarding Covid-19 symptoms, cases and close contacts is changing, but rapid isolation if you are symptomatic, completing your vaccination course, and continuing to manage risk for yourself and others who are more vulnerable remain, according to the statement published on It also noted that the requirement for specific protective measures in place in schools and early-learning and school-aged childcare facilities – such as pods, social distancing, and the staggering of breaks – will also end on 28 February, but such measures are still advised. During this transition phase, the current arrangements in place regarding schools’ and early-learning and school-aged childcare facilities’ antigen testing programmes will continue.

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