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Lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in England

The RCP has responded to the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in England, urging people to continue washing hands regularly, wearing a mask if they can indoors and keeping a safe distance from other people as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. This approach will be followed in RCP environments in London and Liverpool.

Dr Cathryn Edwards, Royal College of Physicians registrar, said:

“The pandemic has been incredibly tough on all of us, and while we understand the public’s wish to return to ‘normal’, we’re not out of the woods yet. It is essential that we all take a responsible approach when restrictions are formally lifted.

“Continuing to follow social distancing and mask-wearing rules and guidance, particularly in medical settings where people may be at their most vulnerable, is the right thing to do for both individuals and organisations.

“We are pleased to see today’s announcement that there will be greater flexibility around whether health and care staff will need to isolate, after coming into contact with someone testing positive for coronavirus. The current requirements for self-isolation are seriously hampering capacity in many NHS trusts. With the right testing, PPE and guidance in place, this change can be delivered while maintaining the safety of patients and staff”.

“We must all do our best to act with care if the NHS is to be able to deliver the services the public need and expect."