Face masks not mandatory in financial institutions, says Donnelly

Security requirements to ensure the identities of people entering premises

Sligo News File

Banks, post offices and other financial institutions are sectors where the public are not required to don face masks. That’s from the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly in response to a parliamentary query on the issue.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly

He said: “The wearing of face coverings are not mandatory in premises such as bank branches, credit unions and post offices for both public health and security reasons. By their nature these locations are controlled environments where social distancing for members of the public should be attainable.

“There are also security requirements in terms of ensuring the identities of people entering a financial institution,” he added.

Meanwhile, cross channel, some UK banks have warned that customers face having their accounts cancelled if they refuse to wear face masks in branches.