Change in face mask guidance for staff, patients and visitors

New Scottish Government guidance comes into effect from Tuesday, 16 May 2023, meaning face masks no longer need to be worn in health and care settings, including adult care homes.

The advice covers all hospitals, health centres, community sectors, primary care facilities and care homes and is relevant for staff, patients and visitors.

Guidance has been reviewed by Scottish Government following the high uptake of COVID-19 vaccinations, especially amongst residents of care homes, reduced severity of illness and hospitalisations, and availability of treatments for COVID-19.

Patients and visitors may choose to continue to wear a face mask if they prefer. The guidance remains that you should not visit hospital or a health care setting if you are feeling unwell.

Vaccination remains the greatest protection against COVID-19 and all those eligible for the spring booster are encouraged to get vaccinated. For more information, go to NHS Inform to see if you’re eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.