By Michelle Crean

75% of Killarney locals are in favour of wearing face masks in public an exclusive poll conducted by the Killarney Advertiser this week revealed.

As the county and country begins to ease restrictions there’s concern that the COVID-19 virus could re-emerge stronger due to increased physical contact.

We asked ‘Would you wear a face mask while going about your daily business in public?’ – and over 900 of you answered – with three quarters saying that they would, while 25% say no they wouldn’t.

The question posed came after the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, and the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) said this week in their daily health briefing that there may be a need for people to wear face masks while out in public such as shopping and while using public transport. It’s understood the topic has been debated by NPHET for weeks.

In many countries, face masks have been become mandatory during the pandemic. The British Government and the devolved Scottish Government are advising people to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces but the measure will not be compulsory. However, it contrasts heavily with Wales who say they are not recommending the use of face coverings.

Join the debate, email your thoughts to editor@killarneyadvertiser.ie.