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Coronavirus (COVID-19): use of face coverings in social care settings including adult care homes

Published: 23 Jun 2021
Last updated: 27 Aug 2021 - see all updates

Guidance for staff on use of face coverings in these settings.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): use of face coverings in social care settings including adult care homes
Overview

Overview

The key points of this guidance are:

  • face masks are the final layer of protection from COVID-19, the other layers of protection include physical distancing, hand hygiene, enhanced cleaning, and good ventilation remain paramount
  • remember “hand hygiene” – every time you change or touch your mask or face covering
  • all staff providing direct care should wear a Fluid Resistant Surgical Mask (FRSM) throughout their shift as per the guidance
  • all staff working in non-direct care roles - such as domestic, administration, or management - who work in offices, laundry or kitchen areas, should wear face coverings when working within one-metre plus of another person, and should wear an FRSM if in contact with care home residents
  • in office areas where there is good ventilation and physical distancing, face coverings are not required
  • residents in a care home are not required to wear a FRSM or face covering within the care home, which is first and foremost their own home. It is a residents choice whether to wear one as an additional layer of protection, and all times the needs and choices of care home residents should be the primary consideration
  • individuals receiving care within their own home, including supported and sheltered housing, are not required to wear a FRSM or face covering within their home. It is their choice whether to wear a face covering when care staff are providing care within their home
  • visitors to care homes should continue to follow Open with Care Guidance and the revised supplementary information including answers to practical questions and concerns
  • visitors to individual's own homes and supported housing settings are not required to wear FRSM or face covering, unless the setting is registered with the Care Inspectorate as an adult care home and therefore following adult care home guidance 

First published: 23 Jun 2021 Last updated: 27 Aug 2021 -