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Friday, January 21, 2022

POLL: Should the use of face masks be optional?

On October 22nd, it is looking like the Government will ease all the remaining Covid-19 restrictions.

However, the use of face masks in certain scenarios, such as on public transport or in retail settings, will remain mandated.


Over 90% of the population in Ireland over the age of 18 is currently fully vaccinated, with this number expected to rise further in the coming weeks.

A large body of evidence suggests the use of face coverings does minimise the spread of the virus, with various studies using high speed cameras to illustrate how face coverings block most viral particles coming out of people’s mouths.

However, these studies do not demonstrate how well face coverings work in the real world, where masks may be poorly fitted, or worn inconsistently and may not always cover the mouth and nose.


Do you believe, given where we are in the pandemic in terms of protection among the general population, that the use of face masks should now be optional?

Or, do you believe they should continue to be mandatory in certain settings?

Should the use of face masks be optional?

IMAGE – “Delaware National Guard” by The National Guard is licensed under CC BY 2.0


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