Hospital outpatients and visitors must wear face coverings in England from June 15
Hospital visitors and outpatients will need to wear face coverings and all hospital staff will be required to wear surgical masks in England from June 15, British Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced.
He told today's daily Downing Street press conference: "As the NHS reopens right across the country, it's critically important to stop the spread amongst staff, patients and visitors too.
"So today we're setting out that all hospital visitors and outpatients will need to wear face coverings.
"One of the things that we've learnt is that those in hospital, those who are working in hospital, are more likely to catch coronavirus whether they work in a clinical setting or not.
"And so to offer even greater protection we're also providing new guidance for NHS staff in England which will come into force again on June 15 and all hospital staff will be required to wear type one or two surgical masks.
"And this will cover all staff working in hospital, it will apply at all times - not just when they are doing life-saving work on the frontline - and it will apply in all areas, except those areas designated as Covid-secure workplaces."
It will also be mandatory to wear a face covering on public transport in England from June 15.