Last updated: 13:05 on 22/02/22

From Monday 28th February, the mandatory requirement to wear masks will be removed, while the public health advice that masks should continue to be worn on public transport remains.

Face coverings are recommended for those aged 9 years and over.

Wearing of cloth face coverings may help prevent people who do not know they have the virus from spreading it to others. For further information visit Guidance on safe use of face coverings.

Please do not criticise or judge people who are not able to wear a face covering.

How to use a cloth face covering properly?

  • clean your hands properly before you put it on
  • practise using it so you are comfortable putting it on and taking it off
  • make sure it is made from a fabric you are comfortable wearing
  • cover your mouth and nose with it and make sure there are no gaps between your cloth face covering
  • tie it securely
  • carry unused masks in a sealable clean waterproof bag (for example, a ziplock bag)
  • carry a second similar type bag to put used masks in

Do not:

  • touch a mask or face covering while wearing it – if you do, clean your hands properly
  • use a damp or wet medical mask or reuse a medical mask
  • share masks
  • do not lower your mask to speak, eat and smoke or vape – if you need to uncover your nose or mouth take the mask off and put it in the bag for used masks
  • do not discard masks in public places

For the most reliable, up-to-date information on face coverings visit HSE advice and face covering guidance.

Find more  COVID-19 public transport updates on our TFI COVID-19 page.