There is a mixed reaction to today’s lifting of mandatory mask-wearing, with some people abandoning them, some deciding to continue wearing them, and some out of habit wearing them because they have become obsolete. mandatory for a long time.
In today’s rom, the wearing of masks in retail establishments and on public transport will be optional, and students may also wear masks unless they wish to wear them.
In Dublin’s Docklands, commuters and early shoppers are grabbing their coffee and morning papers.
“It feels great to not have to wear a mask anymore. Ashudosh Saxena from Blackrock said as he stepped out of the Lolly and Cooks cafe on Forbes Street.
“It took us so long to get used to having to wear them, and then when I switched from a disposable mask to a cloth mask, I had to remember to wash it. It was a minor inconvenience.”
One man who will continue to wear the mask is Alan Dolan from Ashbourne, Co Meath.
“I’m getting married in three and a half weeks so I’m being extra cautious. I’m not ready to give up the mask yet,” he said, even though his glasses evaporated while wearing it.
“I think we pulled the trigger on this a bit early, so I’ll keep wearing one.”
Erica Coughlan is buying a roll and a can of soft drink at her local Spar in Docklands, and she’s glad she doesn’t have to wear a mask anymore.
“It feels good. It’s nice to have the option. I have a mask in my bag but when I go into the store I remember I don’t need to wear it. I’m so excited for the kids in school. ,” she said.
Dermot Rock from Buckingham Street, Dublin 1, was also happy to be able to drop his mask.
“At least the people behind the counter can understand what you are saying now. It’s terrible to have to scream or repeat yourself with a mask on,” he said Independent.ie.
“It’s a good day. It actually feels a bit weird.”
Owen Foley travels into town by bus from Palmerstown. He didn’t notice whether people were wearing masks or not, but he was prepared.
Mr Foley said: “I think it’s a real habit, adding that he may start wearing it less in the coming days and weeks.
Michele Byrne goes to work in Docklands, and says she’s choosing to wear her mask. “It keeps my face warm and I don’t need makeup,” she says with a laugh.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/there-is-a-sense-of-freedom-today-people-have-their-say-as-mandatory-mask-wearing-becomes-a-thing-of-the-past-41394095.html ‘There is a sense of freedom these days’ – it is said that mandatory mask wearing is a thing of the past