Despite lockdown restrictions lifting in the community from 19 July, measures will remain unchanged in healthcare settings, including your GP practice. Please continue to help us to help you by wearing a face covering when entering our buildings, washing your hands using the facilities provided and maintaining social distancing.
Restrictions remain and inside all our premises and you still need to wear a mask, wash your hands and follow social distancing. Our practice has put in place comprehensive measures for staff and patients for the wearing of face masks and face coverings whilst at our surgery. All patients and visitors should continue to wear a face covering on entrance to our buildings and throughout the duration of their visit.
The face coverings can be a scarf, homemade face mask or one that has been purchased. The measures continue to be an important part, alongside social distancing, of reducing the spread of Covid-19 and to keep our patients and communities safe.
We do understand that it can be frustrating, but we do know that when patients come to see us they are often sick and vulnerable, so we feel it would be wrong to not take these small precautions that can protect people.
Covid-19 – The compulsory wearing of face coverings on Public Transport, Shops and Supermarkets
Following the introduction of the requirement for people to wear face coverings on public transport from 15th June, the government have now announced that face coverings will be mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24th July 2020. This change is intended to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
The vast majority of individuals will be able to wear a face covering to help reduce the risk of transmission of this potentially fatal disease. There are, however, certain groups of people who are exempt from this requirement and they include:
- children under the age of 11
- people who cannot put on, wear, or remove a face covering:
o without severe distress
o because of any physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability (within the meaning of section 6 of the Equality Act 2010)
- people travelling with, or providing assistance to, another person who relies on lip reading to communicate
- people travelling to avoid injury, or to escape a risk of harm, and do not have a face covering with them
These groups of people, their parents or guardians can indicate the reason, if required, as to why they are not wearing a face covering.
General practice is under considerable pressure as a direct result of the current challenges they are faced with delivering a service to patients at the same time as coping with the consequences of this virus.
There is no requirement for general practice to issue letters for patients who are unable to wear face coverings, as the Government have clearly defined the exemptions to this requirement.
General practice needs to focus all its time and effort managing those who need their help and not be diverted from this by unnecessary tasks.
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Face covering exemption cards
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