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Trub-ledy Ryan Tubridy doesn't want to 'freak people out' by not wearing mask in shops

"I don't want to be that weird one, freaking people out"

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RTÉ television and radio host Ryan Tubridy

RTÉ television and radio host Ryan Tubridy

RTÉ television and radio host Ryan Tubridy

Ryan Tubridy has confessed he got a shock after he went into a shop on Monday following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

As of Monday, February 28th, face coverings are no longer required in most settings including in shops and on public transport.

Speaking on his morning radio show on Tuesday, Tubridy said he was in two minds about continuing to wear a mask after restrictions eased.

"I walked into the shop with my mask in my pocket… I was in two minds, then I saw every single person was wearing a mask, I don't want to be that weird one, freaking people out,” he said.

"If people aren't quite ready for it yet, then I'll put this mask on until it becomes apparent everyone wants their mask off."

Tubridy previously revealed that he only began wearing face masks in June 2020 after he had already caught the virus.

“I did something I haven't done before since this whole thing began and I listened to what you had to say to me on texts and people I met and I went and bought the masks,” he told his RTE Radio One listeners.

“I did my first shop in the supermarket with a mask at the weekend, the face covering.

"First of all I said, 'I think I'm probably immune because I had it' but people keep saying 'you probably aren't actually' or 'we don't know so you can't be sure'.”

"So I said, 'OK that's risky, don't like that' because I don't want to give it and I don't want to get it.”

"I'm still confused about a lot of the advice out there to be honest with you,” he admitted.

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Deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn said that the advice is to wear a mask anywhere you feel it appropriate, particularly on public transport.

While masks are no longer required in retail settings, they are required in healthcare settings which includes pharmacies.

Yesterday, the head of the Irish Pharmacy Union, Darragh O’Loughlin said that instead of confronting customers without a mask, staff should instead serve them faster so they can leave.

"There are people coming in and out of pharmacies who are immunocompromised. We have to protect these people," he said.

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