Face masks no longer required at Manx health sites

People attending health care appointments on the Isle of Man are no longer required to wear a face mask, Manx Care has confirmed. The healthcare provider said the move

was in line with guidance from the UK Health Security Agency. The relaxation covers hospitals, GP practices, outpatient clinics, dentists, opticians and care

homes. Mandatory face mask wearing at all health care settings was reintroduced in June after a spike in Covid cases. The island saw a quadrupling in the number of

people with the virus in the wake of an influx of visitors during the TT period. Rules for staff at health and social care settings have also been relaxed, although

specialist clinical areas where the coverings will be still be required will remain clearly signposted. Executive director of nursing and governance, Paul Moore, said the

decision was in line with the approach in place at UK NHS Trusts. He said: "Patient safety is at the heart of everything we do, and so if some members of the public wish to

continue wearing facemasks in our settings, we absolutely respect their decision to do so. "We will continue to monitor community transmission rates closely, and take any

future steps we need to in order to protect our colleagues, members of the public and the delivery of our services should we need to." Free PCR tests and home testing kits

were scrapped for most people on the island last month.