For Written Answer on : 31/03/2022
Question Number(s): 431 Question Reference(s): 17347/22
Asked by: Brendan Smith T.D.
To ask the Minister for Health if, in view of the substantial increase in Covid 19 cases, mandatory mask wearing in certain settings is being considered; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
My Department, through the Office of the Chief Medical Officer, together with colleagues in the HSE and the National Virus Reference Laboratory, continues to monitor the epidemiological profile carefully, and will provide public health advice to me as required for consideration.
At present mask wearing is advised based on individual risk assessment, particularly while disease incidence is high. Anyone who wishes to wear a mask should not be discouraged from doing so. Individuals who are vulnerable to COVID-19 are further advised to be aware of the risk associated with activities they may choose to engage in and to take measures to optimally protect themselves. Vulnerable individuals are advised to consider wearing masks in crowded indoor settings, such as may relate, for example, to social gatherings or other activities and events.