Heads Up ! Mask on!
Dear members of the IWP,
From tomorrow, October 28th, it will become compulsory to wear a mask in public for a period of at least 70 days – taking us through to the New Year.
When to Wear a Mask in Public:
Here is how the new law expresses the requirement to wear a mask in public:
- Wearing a mask – which cannot be replaced by a visor – is compulsory for everyone over the age of 10 for access, movement or to remain in public areas and streets, whenever physical distancing, as recommended by the Health Authorities, become demonstrably impractical.
- The obligation referred to in the preceding paragraph may be waived:
- by a medical declaration or certificate of disability, in the case of persons with intellectual impairments or psychological disorders; or
- medical declaration attesting that a person’s clinical condition does not permit the use of masks;
- where using a mask is incompatible with the nature of someone’s activities
- when people from the same household are not close to third parties
Security and municipal police forces will be responsible for enforcement of these measures and failure to comply can lead to a fine of 100 to 500 euros.
This does seem to mean that if you are out walking on your own, or with people from your own household, and there is no one else in the immediate vicinity, a mask is not necessary. However, as soon as you are on a street with people around and social distancing cannot be guaranteed or maintained, you are then required to wear the mask. Of course it is open to confusion, but if you are stopped and obviously should have been wearing a mask then you may be fined. When in doubt….. mask on!
We hope you find this information useful. Stay healthy & carry on!
Our best wishes,
Maria Barros , IWP President and the members of the Executive Board