On the 24th of July 2020, a new rule was introduced in England making people wear face masks or coverings in public. The official wording from the government regarding this rule is:

From midnight in England, masks will be mandatory in enclosed public spaces including supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, transport hubs, banks and post offices.

There is also further information on the official government website suggesting the wearing of masks would also be required in primary care NHS settings. Taking advice from the British Dental Association, we have clarified that the wearing of masks within dental practices is NOT required by law. This is because of the increased PPE all staff within dental practices wear.

However the wearing of masks clearly has advantages to limit the spread of coronavirus (along with other transmissible diseases) and because of this we are happy for patients attending the practice to be wearing masks, although we will need them to be removed during the dental appointment in surgery.

As with all guidance during this period, science and evidence is constantly being reviewed and guidance updated along with the changing COVID alert status. As things change, the requirement of masks in dental practices will be reviewed and will endvour to post further information as things are updated.

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