Updated 6 May 2022

Distancing in clinical areas

Clinics can revert back to pre-COVID-19 safe distancing. There will be no requirement to allow a safe distance in clinic waiting areas that are not shared with walk in centres. If the waiting areas are shared with walk in centres, safe distancing will need to be maintained at one metre. All staff will continue to wear masks and patients are recommended/advised to wear face coverings/masks.

Distancing non-clinical areas and increased room capacity

If staff can maintain two meters safe distancing, masks can be removed. If staff are unable to maintain two meters safe distancing, for example, when sharing personal space, for example, computer screens, face masks must be worn.

Room capacity numbers can be increased with the use of face masks. Existing room capacity limits can be used to indicate advised room limitations if staff wish to use rooms without masks, as they are set against a two metres distancing rule.

Otherwise, room capacity can be increased to allow safe distancing within 2 meters (as pre-COVID-19) provided face masks are worn.