Everyone accessing or visiting healthcare settings must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules.

COVID restrictions will end in many settings outside of healthcare in England from Monday 19 July. However, Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance will remain in place for all patients, staff and visitors.

That means NHS visitor guidance will stay in place across all health services including hospitals, GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure patients and staff are protected.

Staff, patients and visitors will also be expected to continue to follow social distancing rules when visiting any care setting as well as using face coverings, mask and other personal protection equipment.

Read our latest guidance, including on visiting restrictions, here