Face coverings to be mandatory on public transport as hopes increase that churches can increase capacity for masses

Face coverings look set to be made mandatory on public transport as capacity increases to 50 per cent.

The cabinet is expected to sign off on the plans at a meeting this evening.

It’s also expected to approve moving to phase three of easing restrictions from Monday – after the National Public Health Emergency Team meets this morning.

The team will also consider whether to increase the limit on the number of people attending religious services at its meeting later today.

It follows criticism from the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin at the weekend

He said larger churches and cathedrals should be able to fit more people in.

in the Dáil last night, Sligo Leitrim North Roscommon TD Frank Feighan said there was a need to look at larger towns and larger churches and take a common sense approach when NEPHT and the government issues guidelines on moving to Phase 3.

Health Minister Simon Harris told the Dáil last night he broadly agreed with the concerns being raised.