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Plan A Returns Today But Covid Measures At Isle of Wight NHS Trust Remain In Place

The Isle of Wight has returned to Covid 'Plan A' this morning (Thursday), with relaxed measures including face coverings no longer being required by law in public areas.

However, Public Health guidance suggests individuals should continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

Venues and events will no longer be required by law to use the NHS Covid Pass, although this can still be used on a voluntary basis.

Despite the changes for members of public, the infection prevention and control measures at St. Mary’s Hospital and its community based locations remain in place.

Face masks are still a legal requirement for many healthcare settings, including the IOW NHS Trust, and it is an important measure that keeps those receiving healthcare safe.

Patients on certain wards that have been in hospital for more than seven days will continue to be permitted one designated visitor.

Steven Parker, medical director, said:

"Wearing a face mask remains in place at St. Mary’s Hospital and at our community locations and we support the Public Health England recommendation to still wear a face covering in public places and crowded spaces.

"As restrictions change, we would like thank everyone who has come forward for a booster, to protect themselves, reduce transmission and save lives.”

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