COVID-19 update: advice to members regarding 19th July easing of restrictions

16 July 2021

Read BASRaT's latest update regarding the easing of restrictions on 19th July

A short update on requirements from the 19th July onwards (in England).

PPE - We've had confirmation from Public Health England that there will be no changes to Personal Protective Equipment guidance. This means you should continue to use: 

- A type 2R face mask

- Single use gloves

- Single use apron

- The use of visors / eye protecion on a risk-assessed basis

PHE have not yet advised on a date for the revision of this guidance. This level of PPE is important for keeping you, your patients and staff safe - it also exempts you from isolation if you are in contact with a patient that later tests positive.

Patient face coverings - Patients should continue to wear face coverings (unless they are exempt) in healthcare settings. This will be consistent with ongoing Government and PHE guidance. Our guidance on patient face coverings will remain as it is now.

Vaccination status - Vaccination status is not relevant with regards to the use of PPE and face coverings as the same PPE is required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated patients. Therefore, it would not be appropriate to ask patients to disclose this information for these purposes.

Classes and group activity - The legal limits on gatherings and social distancing will end. However, the government are encouraging businesses to maintain the safe working practices, additional cleaning and ensuring good ventilation. Where possible, it would be advisable to maintain social distancing and minimise contact between participants.

We should be able to clarify points in more detail next week. Please bare with us in awaiting updates to the guidance document. If you have any questions, please contact Ollie on                       BASRaT Team.