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Living with COVID-19

As we all transition into a new phase of living with the COVID-19 virus, we will, at the same time, go through a period of change to live with the virus as safely as possible.

Of course, the global pandemic is not yet over, and therefore we need be mindful about how the pandemic will evolve.

The health and care system in Norfolk and Waveney is following national guidance around COVID-19 measures such as face coverings wearing and social distancing. This is based on the most rigorous scientific research and data available. The guidance allows local services to assess the level of risk in their setting and advise staff and patients accordingly.  

Local health and care services will communicate with you around the measures they have in place, so please do speak to a member of staff if you have any concerns or questions. You may see that some areas across Norfolk and Waveney encourage everyone to wear a face covering in all areas, depending on local COVID-19 rates of infection. Others may have a more relaxed approach as COVID-19 rates are not as high. This approach aligns with national guidance and will help us to live with and manage COVID-19.

Some people may wish to continue to wear a face covering or socially distance and it is important we respect their wishes and be mindful of others.

Frances Bolger, Interim Deputy Director of Nursing for NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group said: “COVID-19 vaccinations have enabled the gradual and safe removal of restrictions on everyday life, but we must remain cautious and supportive of the personal choice of others.

“As a health and care system, we will continue to monitor infection rates, which will, in turn, affect the use of face coverings in some areas compared with others.

“We have and continue to work very closely together to respond to rises in COVID-19 infection rates, as well as taking appropriate measures to help reduce the spread of the virus.

“Please do respect the wishes and choices made by other people. It’s important we all remain kind to each other, including health and care staff who continue to work extremely hard.

“If you are yet to have a COVID-19 vaccination, please do get yours as soon as you can – to help protect yourself, your family, friends and those around you.”

As a health and care system, we will continue to monitor the virus and respond appropriately. Advice and guidance is subject to change and as a result, advice on the use of face coverings may change, should we see a rise in cases.

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