COVID measures are set to continue at St Mary's Hospital.

The news comes despite the government announcing England will return to Plan A from tomorrow (Thursday), meaning face coverings will no longer be required by law in any public area.

Public Health guidance, however, continues to encourage us to wear face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, where we may come into contact with people who we do not normally meet.

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has confirmed infection prevention and control measures at the Newport hospital and its community-based locations will remain in place.

The trust says face masks are still a legal requirement for many healthcare settings, including the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, and is an important measure in keeping those receiving healthcare safe.

Patients on certain wards who have been in hospital for more than seven days will continue to be permitted one designated visitor.

Steven Parker, medical director, said: “Covid-19 is still circulating in our community and remains a risk for vulnerable people, such as those in hospital and in our care.

"Wearing a face mask remains in place at St Mary’s Hospital and at our community locations, and we support the Public Health England recommendation to still wear a face covering in public places and crowded spaces.

"As Covid-19 restrictions change, we would like thank everyone who has come forward for a booster, to protect themselves, reduce transmission and save lives.”