Patients in Norfolk will still be required to wear face coverings in GP practices and healthcare settings when restrictions ease on Monday.

NHS guidance in healthcare settings has not changed, and patients who are not exempt from wearing a face covering should continue to wear one, follow social distancing and hand hygiene guidance. 

Dr Anoop Dhesi, GP and chairman of the NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The virus has not gone away and case numbers have risen due to the spread of the Delta variant. 

“Wearing a face covering is an effective way of preventing the spread of infection, proving to be particularly useful in busy or crowded indoor spaces.

“By continuing to take reasonable and sensible measures against the virus we are helping to protect the most vulnerable in our communities and providing patients with greater reassurance.”