Face masks mandatory when shopping

Face coverings must be worn in all shops and retail settings and shopping centres, the government has announced.

Retail staff will also be required to wear them unless there is a partition in place or there is a space of two metres between them and customers.

Pubs, bars, hotel bars, nightclubs and casinos will remain closed until August 10.

Pubs currently serving food can remain open.

Social visits to people's homes should be limited to a maximum of ten people from no more than four different households.

Current restrictions of 50 people in indoor gatherings, 200 at outdoor gatherings is being extended until August 10.

The government is continuing to advise against all non-essential travel.

Taoiseach Micheàl Martin said that regulations with details on enforcement and penalties will be formulated in relation to this advice.

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