The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors wants to clarify to the public that Gardaí do not routinely wear face masks when policing COVID-19 checkpoints and / or on other related duties.
In a statement AGSI said it was disappointed to learn that complaints were made to The Garda Sìochàna Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) relating to the non-wearing of masks by Gardai.
However AGSI stated once again that they are not mandated to do so by Garda management.
AGSI is however on the record for advocating for the wearing of masks where physical distancing is not possible.
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Our statement was welcomed by Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan.
I welcome this statement from @AGSI_Ireland and I take this opportunity to acknowledge the hard work, dedication & leadership of @gardainfo @GardaTraffic during the National Emergency that is Covid-19. https://t.co/EowrcgaYZt
— Charlie Flanagan (@CharlieFlanagan) May 1, 2020