The latest update to the national Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) published on January 17th has reinforced the continued wearing of face masks by staff and face masks/coverings for patients and visitors in healthcare settings.

  • Recommendation for universal use of face masks for staff and face masks/coverings for all patients/visitors to remain as an IPC measure within health and care settings over the winter period. This is likely to be until at least March/April 2022.
  • Recommendation that physical distancing should be at least 1 metre, increasing whenever feasible to 2 metres across all health and care settings.
  • Recommendation that physical distancing should remain at 2 metres where patients with suspected or confirmed respiratory infection are being cared for or managed.

The full guidance can be viewed here