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New legislation will allow Government to re-introduce masks in certain settings if necessary

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Justice Minister Helen McEntee says a mask mandate is 'not the direction anyone wants to go in again'. TheHardShoulder

New legislation will allow Government to re-introduce masks in certain settings if necessary

Ministers backed the move in case there is a large surge in the winter.However, there are no plans to introduce a mandate at the moment with no settings identified.The Hard Shoulderwe have to be prepared for future events."It really is about preparing ourselves, and just making sure that we have options available to us should we need them.

"It's not the direction I want to go in, it's not the direction anyone wants to go in again."But I think... we just need to be prepared here".She says this is about having options if they are needed."This is not to draft legislation and to come back and approve it - this is to kind of look at what potentially could be required if things were to get worse.

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Advertisement Ministers backed the move in case there is a large surge in the winter.No potential settings have been identified and sources say there are no immediate plans for a return to mandatory mask wearing.The move is being described as precautionary and no settings have been earmarked for the return of legally required face coverings.plan to draft new mandatory mask laws has been approved by Cabinet.

However, there are no plans to introduce a mandate at the moment with no settings identified. The Hard Shoulder we have to be prepared for future events. Share this article. "It really is about preparing ourselves, and just making sure that we have options available to us should we need them. But a senior Government sources said there is “no public health rationale” for masks to return and said they do not envisage the legislation being enacted any time soon. "It's not the direction I want to go in, it's not the direction anyone wants to go in again. "But I think. "What it does mean at some point - maybe not today and maybe not tomorrow - but at some point down the line, the mask debate will be reignited.

. The draft bill has been prepared with the Office of the Attorney General.. we just need to be prepared here". She says this is about having options if they are needed. The ministers will also be told the number of new daily in hospital has also increases. "This is not to draft legislation and to come back and approve it - this is to kind of look at what potentially could be required if things were to get worse. "And mask mandates are not living with it".

"And I think if we've learnt anything over the last two years is that fail to prepare, prepare to fail - to use that old saying. "But it's about making sure that if things were to significantly decrease that we have some options available to us to make sure that we try mitigate". Today's Headlines. Main image: People wearing face coverings on a Luas tram in Dublin in July 2020. Picture by: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo Share this article .