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Covid-19: Justice minister's concern over face covering plans

Covid-19. Justice minister is concerned about face-covering plans

Jayne McCormack
BBC News NI Political Correspondent

26 minutes ago


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Naomi Long claims it is inappropriate for her department overseeing compliance with face-covering requirements

BBC News NI has learned that Northern Ireland’s Justice Minister raised concerns regarding a proposal to her Department to take the “lead” in monitoring compliance with face covers to combat Covid-19.

According to a health paper, Naomi Long should be in charge of plans for increasing compliance above 80%.

The proposal she made was “entirely inappropriate”, said She.

The document will be discussed by ministers on Monday.

The Department of Health advised last week that, if cases do not decrease in the coming three weeks, more severe restrictions may be necessary before Christmas.

Officials from the health sector expressed concern about falling compliance with mandatory facial coverings.

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Customers are required to wear the shoes in stores, public transport, and indoors since summer 2020, unless exempted.

Robin Swann (Health Minister) circulated to executive ministers last…




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