However, he said that “the wearing of masks in churches was never a requirement under statutory instrument but was instead public health advice similar to that applying to all indoor public spaces”.Mask wearing in churches ‘never requirement’ under legislation – The Irish Catholic
Woman wearing a mask during mass in Iraq. Photo: CNS
The Minister for Health has confirmed that the wearing of masks in churches has never been a requirement under statutory instrument – it has been public health advice.
Last week in the Dáil, Minister Stephen Donnelly, in response to a question from Mattie McGrath TD, said that while the majority of public health measures have been lifted there are still requirements for mask wearing in all settings currently regulated under statutory instruments.
These setting include on public transport, taxis and at stations/airports/ports, retail premises and more.
However, he said that “the wearing of masks in churches was never a requirement under statutory instrument but was instead public health advice similar to that applying to all indoor public spaces”.
He added: “The NPHET also advised that the continued wearing of masks, practicing of physical distancing and avoidance of crowded environments based on individual risk assessment, along with adherence to basic hand and respiratory hygiene will remain important. It will be a matter for sectors, organisations, premises and individuals to determine the most appropriate arrangements.”