Face masks will still be needed in health and care settings – Caerphilly Observer

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Welsh Government has said it’s up to schools and councils to decide if face masks are compulsory

Face masks will still legally need to be worn in all health and care settings in Wales, such as hospitals, care homes and GP surgeries, First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed.

Speaking after the Welsh Government’s latest three-week Covid rules review, Mr Drakeford said the Covid situation was improving in Wales following a recent spike caused by the BA.2 subtype of the Omicron variant.

However, the First Minister reiterated the pandemic “is not over” and said keeping the face mask rule in health and care settings will protect the most vulnerable in society.

Mr Drakeford said: “There are steps we can all take to protect ourselves while coronavirus is still circulating and reduce the spread of the virus even further.

“This is particularly true in places where some of the most vulnerable people in society are being treated and live, which is why we will retain the legal requirement to wear face coverings in health and social care settings.

“More generally, ensuring you are up-to-date with your Covid vaccinations and spring booster – if you are eligible – is really important. If you have Covid symptoms or test positive, please stay at home and help break the chain of transmission.”


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The Welsh Government’s next three-week Covid review will be carried out before May 26.

Responding to the Welsh Government’s announcement, Plaid Cymru’s health spokesperson, Rhun ap Iorwerth MS, said: “While health and care settings remain under pressure, we must remain vigilant and emphasise the need for prevention.

“This is important for NHS recovery plans, although what we really need is a concerted effort to tackle the health inequalities that persist throughout Wales.

“Time and time again some communities, some groups and some individuals suffer more than others – this was true during the pandemic. But it is not inevitable.”

He added: “We need to ensure that the health gap, which too often reflects the wealth gap in our society, is closed for good.”


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