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Use of face coverings in social care settings including adult care homes
The Scottish Government has provided an update to guidance for the wearing of face coverings across social care settings.
The updated guidance recommends that face masks do not routinely need to be worn at all times within social care settings. Instead,face masks should be for particular situations (for example following staff judgement, advice from health protection / public health or personal choice). This is because although COVID-19 continues to spread, transmission rates are lower and the virus is currently milder than at earlier stages in the pandemic resulting in a reduction in the severity of illness and hospitalisation. Full details are contained within the guidance. Importantly, the fundamental principles of Infection Prevention and Control precautions continue to be essential.
Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (ARHAI) Scotland and Public Health Scotland will update their associated guidance documents as soon as practically possible.
Providers are being recommended to implement the face mask guidance as soon as possible from 14 September, or earlier if they are ready to do so.
The Scottish Government understands the recommendations in the guidance will require discussions with staff and those receiving care and support before adoption. For some services, the changes may be able to be implemented fairly quickly while for others, it may take longer.