There are lessons to be learned from messaging around wearing face coverings, according to the chair of the COVID-19 expert advisory group.

Coverings are now mandatory on public transport, with fines expected to be brought in to enforce compliance.

Department of Health figures show 45% of people say they are wearing masks when getting public transport or in shops.

Dr Cillian de Gascun accepts there has been confusion around face coverings.


Dr De Gascun says: “The messaging has not been consistent and has not been convincing and I think we absolutely need to work on that.

“There is also a behavioural element. People would have adapted to physical distancing really well, very early on.

“I think the masks are something new for Irish people that we haven’t done before.”

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