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Obligatory mask wearing removed for less than 2 people in public

 - COVID-19 - Jan 13
Obligatory mask wearing removed for less than 2 people in public

Addressing a press conference, Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne announced that as of next Monday, fully vaccinated people (with booster) out in public and in groups less than 2 can remove their face masks. 

Fearne revealed that due to the festive seasons being over, people can now safely remove their masks should they be fully vaccinated with a booster shot. 

The Health Minister also went on to announce that sports events will now be open for spectators given that those attending present proof of vaccination upon entering. 

The two meter rule in establishments will also be removed and establishments can as of Monday 17th January adhere to whatever their permit allows in terms of space between tables and seatings. 

The Minister said how the aim is to have 70% of those eligible for all three COVID shots to be vaccinated by the end of this week as the rollout continues with several mobile units opening up in different localities. 

He went on to highlight Omicron’s impact on the world, quoting WHO’s Hans Kluger in saying that in two months, half of Europe’s population will have tested positive with COVID. 

Fearne reiterated that the vaccine is the way out of this pandemic and that other measures such as mask wearing can help mitigate the spread. 

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