SCOTS health and social care workers will no longer be advised to wear facemasks from Tuesday May 16, the Scottish Government has announced.
The Government explained that the return to pre-pandemic guidance means that the use of masks will be based on clinical need, infection prevention and control advice.
Therefore staff, patients, service users and visitors will not be routinely asked to wear facemasks in health and social care settings.
The decision follows a review of the guidance introduced during the Covid-19 pandemic and recognises that Scotland has entered a calmer phase of the pandemic.
Chief Nursing Officer Alex McMahon said:”Due to the success of vaccines in protecting people, and the availability of treatments, now is the right time to revise the advice on wearing masks in health and social care settings and return to pre-pandemic guidance.
“We recognise that some staff may have concerns around the withdrawal of this guidance.
“[We] would expect organisations to undertake individual occupational health assessments and risk assessments as appropriate.
“We continue to be vigilant in our response to Covid-19 and encourage everyone to make sure they are up to date with the boosters available to them.
“We are grateful for the tireless work of health and social care teams during these challenging times and to everyone who has helped them by adhering to the guidance.”