Coronavirus: Face masks to be compulsory on NI public transport

  • Coronavirus: Face masks to be compulsory on NI public transport

Coronavirus: Face masks to be compulsory on NI public transport

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon had initially suggested the move take effect from Friday, 3 July.

She said: "This is an important part of efforts to build confidence in public transport as more people return to work over the coming weeks and months".

There has been six positive cases confirmed, out of 964 people tested in the last 24 hours.

Anne Graham, CEO of the NTA, told Newstalk Breakfast that this week they're working on encouraging to have their face covering while on public transport.

Today marks the first major relaxation of lockdown regulations and people are being reminded that a two-metre social distancing rule is still in place.

Stormont ministers are to meet today to discuss proposals to make face coverings mandatory on public transport in Northern Ireland.

It is understood the executive could now change its proposed date.

At present, the executive strongly recommends they are worn in shops and on public transport, or if visiting people indoors, where it can be more hard to maintain social distancing.

Ms Mallon has experienced conversations with unions and the law enforcement about the design of enforcement, which is very likely to be identical to steps released in Scotland with place checks by law enforcement and fines for people breaking the policies.

The first minister attended a service at St Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, on Monday. "We are still not at 100%", she said.

In the meantime charity BirthWise is calling on Well being Minister Robin Swann to update maternity recommendations.

It carried out a small survey last week which it said found that women were unhappy with the current arrangements.

Due to coronavirus, partners are not able to show up at maternity scan appointments and lover visits are limited.

The Department of Health said that current restrictions on appointments and visiting are being reviewed and guidance would be published soon.