Date first published 25 January 2022. UPDATED 28 January 2022.Updates in red text,
From Thursday 27 January plan B measures, that were introduced by the UK Government in December in response to the rising infection rates from the Omicron variant came to an end.
From that date England fully reverted to Plan A measures. This means that face coverings are no longer required by law in any setting. However, the government suggests “that people continue to wear face coverings in crowded and enclosed settings where they come into contact with people they do not normally meet. Where worn correctly, this may reduce the risk of transmission to themselves and others”.
The UK Government’s guidance for close contact services (which applies to England) has now been updated to reflect the changes in relation to face coverings (see Section 7,2). The guidance states:
In close contact service
Having considered the risk of COVID-19, you may decide that you’re going to ask clients or staff to wear a face covering in your premises, especially where practitioners are conducting treatments which require them to be in close proximity to a person’s face, mouth and nose.”
We advise our Registrants to read the government guidance for close contact services in detail,
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