Limerick on Covid watch list Food photo created by prostooleh – www.freepik.comFACE coverings are mandatory from today, Monday, August 10, in shops, shopping centres and indoor settings across the country to help stop the spread of COVID-19.The mandatory wearing of face coverings comes into effect following an announcement by An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin last week that the nation would not be moving into phase 4 of reopening.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “As we have seen with face coverings on public transport and the many other requests that have been made of citizens over the course of the pandemic when people are given a clear direction, they follow it,” An Taoiseach said.Government has also said the wearing of face coverings is also “recommended in situations where it is difficult to practise social distancing”, saying the wearing of “cloth face coverings” can help prevent people who do not know they have the virus from spreading to others.People in breach of the rules could face fines up to €2,500 or six months imprisonment, but Minister for Justice Helen McEntee said An Gara Síochána would only intervene as a “last resort”.The Taoiseach’s announcement that Ireland would not move to phase 4 of reopening the country means pubs, bars, hotel bars, nightclubs and casinos are to remain closed.An Taoiseach said the announcement would come as “bitter disappointment to many people” after Cabinet agreed to keep current public health measures in place. Email Previous articleAnn & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 21 | Social forgettingNext articleCabinet discuss potential €200m Limerick suburban rail line Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year “I know that this will come as a blow to pub owners and I want them to know that I have enormous sympathy for their plight. This virus is taking away their ability to earn a living. It is stopping them from providing a key service in the heart of many communities, especially in rural Ireland.” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsCommunityHealthMandatory wearing of face coverings in shops takes effect from todayBy Cian Reinhardt – August 10, 2020 169 TAGSCommunityhealthIrelandLimerick City and CountyNationalNews Advertisement WhatsApp Print Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Twitter Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Linkedin Facebook Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! He announced, “Also, the current restrictions on numbers attending indoor and outdoors gatherings will remain unchanged. We will review the evidence again in three weeks’ time.