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Face coverings will be made mandatory for those travelling by taxi. They are already compulsory on public transport

If you take a taxi ride in Carlow, you’re gong to have to wear a mask because face coverings are set to become compulsory in taxis. Representatives from the industry have called for the measure while speaking to the Dáil’s coronavirus committee on Friday afternoon.

Deirdre Hanlon from the Department of Transport says the requirement will be brought in soon. “Face coverings are important and we are moving to introduce mandatory face coverings in taxis. The first priority was to arrange it for mass transit, which is the buses, trains and trams, where you have larger numbers of people moving together.”

The committee also heard that taxi drivers have been hit hard by a lack of trade from live music, pubs and nightclubs.

Four taxi groups have urged the government to support workers in the sector through grants to help drivers get back into the industry.

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