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Coronavirus (COVID-19): face coverings guidance

Published: 30 Oct 2020
Last updated: 23 Apr 2021 - see all updates

Explains where you need to wear a face covering and exemptions from wearing one.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): face coverings guidance
Close contact work and face coverings

Close contact work and face coverings

Practitioners and clients must follow the face covering Regulations when undertaking/or receiving treatments.

More information on close contact services, and the “high risk zone” can be found within our close contact guidance.

The Scottish Government and Health and Safety Executive recommend a risk based approach focussed on a hierarchy of control which seeks to eliminate risks, combats risks at source, adapt workplaces to individual needs, and ensure adequate training for staff, volunteers and learners.

If one or both people involved in close contact work are exempt from wearing a face covering, a health and safety assessment will need to be carried out to establish if, and how the work can be carried out. 

You should note:

  • physical distancing should be maintained where possible
  • perspex screening should be installed at workstations including reception areas if possible – particularly if it is not possible to have at least 2-metre physical distancing

First published: 30 Oct 2020 Last updated: 23 Apr 2021 -