Deputy Prime Minister Michelle O’Neill has said that wearing face masks is the new “ store look, ” in an effort to encourage the public to wear clothes in stores.
Sinn Fein’s leader in Northern Ireland posted a photo of herself wearing a red mask while shopping.
She posted on Twitter: “The new look for Friday night shopping #FaceCoverings.”
It comes after Stormont’s health minister said he is “not convinced” that enough people in stores will wear face coverings without being forced.
I am still not convinced that the necessary level of compliance will be achieved without any element of enforcement. That said, I would love to be proven wrong in that regardHealth Minister Robin Swann
The Northern Ireland Executive has agreed to make the measure mandatory by August 20 if 70-80% of customers fail to comply voluntarily.
A public information campaign is being launched to encourage the use of facial covers.
Health Minister Robin Swann said, “I am not convinced that the necessary level of compliance will be achieved without any element of enforcement.
“Having said that, I would be delighted to be proven wrong in that area.
“It is up to everyone on all sides of the debate to work together to achieve our shared goal.”
Research has shown that facial coverings can help prevent the spread of coronavirus by an infected person.
The Irish government said that face covers should now be worn in all stores and shopping centers.
Regulations already exist to enforce the wearing of face masks on public transport in Northern Ireland.
Another 15 Covid-19 infections were registered by the Department of Health on Friday, but there were no deaths.