From Monday (19 July), most restrictions in England will be dropped.
Social distancing will no longer be mandatory. Face coverings will not be legally required.
In its guidance for summer 2021, the government said:
'Health and care settings will continue to maintain appropriate infection prevention and control processes as necessary and this will be continually reviewed. Guidance will be updated based on the latest clinical evidence this summer.'
However the current IPC guidance for dentistry remains the same. As a result both patients and staff will be required to continue to follow social distancing rules in a dental setting. They will also be required to wear face masks or coverings.
How long will this continue after 19 July?
At the moment, it is unknown when COVID-19 measures will be eased in dental environments.
Sara Hurley – the chief dental officer for England – said that guidance is being continuously reviewed in light of 'Freedom Day' on 19 July.
She says that the government review will also take into account specific considerations for the health sector.
So until told otherwise, continue to respect social distancing and make sure you wear a mask inside the practice.