The people of Ireland  bought over twice as many ClearShield face masks as the whole of the UK in the last month. Even before the rules were strengthened ClearShield was a hit with people who otherwise couldn’t wear a mask.

The new regulations introduced on August 10th mean ClearShield is likely to be more popular than ever.

Wearing a face covering is recommended to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by blocking the transmission of droplets. In some situations, wearing a face covering is mandatory, and you could be fined or imprisoned if you refuse to wear one without a reasonable excuse.

The rules in Ireland state that a person shall not, without reasonable excuse, travel on public transport, or enter or remain in a relevant premises in a relevant geographical location without wearing a face covering.

A “face covering” means a covering of any type which when worn by a person covers the person’s nose and mouth

In Ireland the rules don’t apply in these situations

If a person is under under the age of 13 years or is a responsible person or a worker where there is a screen that separates them from other people, or the responsible person or worker takes all reasonable steps to maintain a distance of at least two metres between themselves and other people.

Reasonable excuses for not wearing a mask are:

You can’t put on, wear or remove a face covering because of any physical or mental illness, impairment or disability, or without severe distress.

You need to communicate with a person who has difficulties communicating (in relation to speech, language or otherwise).

You remove the face covering to provide emergency assistance or to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person.

You remove the face covering to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury,

You remove the face covering in order to, and only for the time required to, take medication,

You remove the face covering at the request of a responsible person, or of a worker, in order to enable him or her to ascertain the person’s age You remove the face covering at the request of a responsible person, or of a worker, in order to assist the responsible person or worker to provide him or her with healthcare or healthcare advice.

Specified Premises include

  • Shopping centres.
  • Libraries.
  • Cinemas and cinema complexes.
  • Theatres.
  • Concert halls.
  • Bingo halls.
  • Museums.

Specified Services and Businesses include

  • Cosmetic nail care or nail styling.
  • Hair care or hair styling.
  • Tattoo and piercing services.
  • Travel agents and tour operators.
  • Laundries and dry cleaners.
  • Licensed bookmakers

You can download the Irish Governments 10th August additions to the Irish coronavirus regulations here

You can download a face mask exemption badge here.