Today, and in another COVID-19 update, the Ministry of Health has published Order SND/422/2020, 19th May. This Health Order makes it obligatory to use face masks on the street, in open-air spaces and in any enclosed space of public use or that is located in public areas. This will only apply where it is not possible to maintain the two metre safety distance. The following exceptions apply:
- Those who have respiratory difficulties that may be aggravated by the face mask
- In cases where it is not recommended for justified health reasons, for incapacity or for those whose behaviour could be negatively affected (autism, down syndrome…)
- When carrying out activities where use of the mask may be incompatible or counterproductive
- For other justifiable reasons
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on 16th April that masks are necessary to continue with the de-escalation phases and to minimize risks in situations of potential contagion. The type of mask to use should preferably be hygiene surgical masks that cover the nose and mouth. Use of face masks is not obligatory for those under the age of 6.
This Order comes into effect from tomorrow, Thursday 21st May 2020 and is expected to continue until the end of the State of Emergency.
Stay safe everyone!