Continue wearing face masks in GP Practices, announcement from Public Health England

Following the Government’s announcement on Monday that the legal requirement to wear a face covering in shops, public transport and other enclosed public spaces will end on 19 July, we wanted to clarify the position for primary care.

Public Health England’s infection prevention control (IPC) guidelines remains in place for all staff and patients in hospitals as well as GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure that everyone is protected.

Staff, patients and visitors will also be expected to continue to follow social distancing rules when visiting any care setting as well as using face coverings, mask and other personal protection equipment.