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Health Minister Robin Swann

Health Minister Robin Swann

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Health Minister Robin Swann

A rule requiring face coverings to be worn in all shops could drive people "into the arms of Amazon" and threaten the recovery of the retail sector.

Health Minister Robin Swann is expected to propose making them compulsory in shops here.

Chief Medical Officer Michael McBride also backs the idea.