Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (549)

Holly Cairns

Question:

549. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth his views on encouraging the use of more inclusive face masks; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8982/21]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

The public health response to the current pandemic is set by the Department of Health, therefore the question is more appropriate for my colleague the Minister for Health. However I appreciate the widespread use of non-transparent face masks have presented additional difficulties for the deaf and hard of hearing community, and other communities, in being able to interact with others in their daily lives. I would welcome the greater availability of more inclusive face masks as step to helping address this issue.