Face masks are now obligatory on public transport.
According to new rules that come into force this morning, anyone found to be travelling by train, bus or Luas without a protective face covering could face up to six months in prison and a fine of €2,500.
As of midnight Saturday there were 17 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, bringing the total of confirmed cases to 25,628. Starting today, bus and train drivers across Ireland can ask a passenger to wear a face-covering as they enter the vehicle.
If the passenger refuses, the driver is permitted to refuse entry.
Make sure you have your face covering ready for your journeys by train and on all public transport – face coverings are now mandatory on board.
— Iarnród Éireann #StaySafeSaveLives #HoldFirm (@IrishRail) July 12, 2020
“Wearing of face coverings helps prevent people who do not know they have the virus from spreading it to others,” said Iarnród Eireann in a statement.
“It helps to reduce the spread of respiratory droplets from people infected with COVID-19 (Coronavirus). If you have COVID-19 or have symptoms of the virus, you must self-isolate.”