NHS patients, staff and visitors must continue to wear face coverings in healthcare settings

The public are being reminded by the NHS that everyone accessing or visiting healthcare settings must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules.

Covid restrictions will end in many settings in England from Monday, July 19. However, Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance are set to remain in place for all staff and visitors.

That means NHS visitor guidance will stay in place across all health services including hospitals, GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure patients and staff are protected.

The NHS will continue to support staff in ensuring that the guidance is followed in all healthcare settings.

Please visit the NHS website for more details on wearing face coverings in healthcare settings.