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Scotland reduces distancing in care homes to 1m

Scottish care staff can now reduce distancing between colleagues and residents (when not delivering care) to one metre when wearing masks, following new guidance from the Scottish Government.

The guidance also states that if staff remove their fluid-resistant (Type IIR) surgical face masks (FRSM) for any reason, eg,  eating, drinking, changing (eg in staff rooms, changing rooms), or to support residents, it is advised that 2m or more be obtained to avoid high numbers of staff being identified as contacts should a positive case arise.  

In addition:

  • Physical distancing may be reduced to 1m between patients/service users and staff on service user transport  
  • Staff are advised to maintain physical distance and wear FRSMs where possible in indoor public spaces as an additional measure to protect against transmission
  • Visitors are recommended to maintain 1m or more distancing from staff and general residents/individuals within care homes and community care settings (excluding touch contact with loved ones).  

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