Return of the mask! Five NHS trusts have already brought back mandatory face covering rules

At least five NHS trusts in England have brought back mask requirements due to Covid’s resurgence, MailOnline can reveal.

Sites in Suffolk, Essex and Gloucestershire now require all visitors to wear face coverings when in their hospitals. Some are also asking patients to wear masks and reimposing social distancing guidelines, in scenes reminiscent of the earliest days of the pandemic.

Although coverings have been sentenced to history in daily life, trust bosses have argued that hospitals are ‘not the same as a supermarket or a restaurant’. 

Patients on wards already tend to be very unwell, meaning they are particularly vulnerable to the brutal effects of Covid and other respiratory infections.

Stricter rules — including visitor bans — could be brought in over the coming weeks if…

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