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

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

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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 in working in non-direct care roles such as office based, laundry or kitchen areas, should wear face coverings when working within 2 metres of another person, and should wear an FRSM if in contact with care home residents
  • in office areas where there is good ventilation and 2 metres 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 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 home should continue to follow Open with Care - supporting meaningful contact in care homes: guidance  and Open with Care: Supporting Meaningful Contact and activities in and aware from Care Homes, Supplementary Information