A law allowing the reintroduction of mask wear in Ireland will be drafted as a precautionary measure.
The move, outlined by the Cabinet on Tuesday, is understood to be in preparation for the need for such public health measures if the situation in Covid-19 deteriorates this winter.
It will require the wearing of a face cover in the specified settings.
Currently, legislative powers to protect public health in the event of a significant deterioration in Covid-19’s outlook are limited.
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly was asked by the Cabinet during the June 14 meeting to make a note on the Covid Public Health Bill in an emergency.
Government sources argued that the Ministry of Health’s work on the bill was “purely preventative.”
Sources added that they had “no intention” to introduce the law to Doyle before the summer vacation.
The bill is described as imposing the least possible restrictions on citizens and businesses while protecting public health and the vulnerable.
It is understood to be unrelated to current figures and is “just a wise way to ensure that the government continues to protect population and public health from this disease.”
The emergency law introduced in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic has expired. That is, there is no legal basis for reintroducing mask wear if the government so desires.
Donnelly updated his Cabinet colleagues on public health conditions around Covid-19 and current advice.
He also provides up-to-date information on the Fall / Winter Covid-19 vaccination program, Covid-19 treatment planning, testing, follow-up, monitoring programs, and plans to move the program to a sustainable and lasting model. Did.
The minister also told the Cabinet that many indicators around Covid-19 have deteriorated in recent weeks, suggesting that levels of infection have increased.
These include the number of cases detected and reported and hospitalizations, but the recent increase in cases in the intensive care unit has been monitored.
He told the Cabinet that Covid is expected to continue to challenge health and social care services.
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