— Independent.ie (@Independent_ie) August 10, 2020
Shoppers who refuse to wear face coverings from today will face fines of up to €2,500 and a prison stint under new coronavirus rules.
Retailers are to encourage the use of masks while shopping in the first instance, but gardaí can be called as a last resort.
The mandatory wearing of masks in shopping centres and other places, such as libraries and bingo halls, comes as counties Kildare, Offaly and Laois remain under strict coronavirus restrictions.
…The department confirmed the penalty for not wearing a face covering is €2,500 and/or six months in prison
Sense Check writes:
This does not really follow the Gardai‘s tradition of policing by consent. In fact, the tone here is getting quite draconian and authoritarian. Masks wont stamp out this disease anyway, they only *might* delay spread. We have enough hospital capacity.
So what’s the point of this?
Face coverings are mandatory in Irish shops from today.
I spoke to Kerry of the Dublin School of Creative Arts about face masks as a fashion item 😷 pic.twitter.com/eMUlAXPJRC
— Laura Gaynor (@_LauraGaynor) August 10, 2020