DUP South Antrim MLA and Vice-Chair of Stormont's Health Committee Pam Cameron has asked the Minister of Health to regularly review scientific advice in relation to the use of face coverings in public during the Covid-19 pandemic.
She made the remarks after the wearing of face coverings such as masks is set to be compulsory on public transport in England from 15 June.
Commenting, Mrs Cameron said:
''Although we want to make clear that the wearing of masks or other face coverings in public spaces during this health crisis is no substitute for effective social distancing and good hand hygiene, it is also important that the scientific advice is regularly reviewed as we learn more about how this virus spreads. This is particularly important as people return to work and more restrictions are eased.
Giving evidence to the NI health Committee on Wednesday, Northern Ireland's Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Ian Young recommended that people wear face coverings when they are out in public. We believe this step would be a reasonable precaution particularly on public transport in Northern Ireland first and foremost given developments elsewhere in the UK.
I have asked the Health Minister to urgently consult with the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Officer to ensure the public health advice in Northern Ireland remains up-to-date. As Northern Ireland phases safely out of lockdown all measures that can help the public when outside should be considered."