As of Wednesday 07 September, social care staff and visitors in Scotland are no longer being advised to wear facemasks at all times.
The recommendation has been lifted due to a sharp drop in coronavirus infections and a reduction in severity of illness, driven by Scotland’s successful vaccination programme which has so far seen more than 12 million Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in Scotland.
This guidance balances the risk of harm from COVID-19 with the impact masks can have on communication, mental wellbeing and rights and choices of those working in and using social care services.
Kenneth Gibson MSP said:
“I am really pleased that we have reached the point where care home residents and their loved ones will benefit from these more relaxed visiting arrangements.
“Masks and face coverings in social care may still be recommended for instance when there is a local outbreak of COVID, or if staff deem it necessary and of course you can always wear a mask if you feel more comfortable.”
Read the new guidance for face mask use in social care settings.