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Statement on optical services in England from 5 November 2020

2 Nov 2020

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Following the Government’s announcement on 31 October 2020, new national restrictions will come into effect in England on Thursday 5 November.

The Government has produced some initial guidance on the national restrictions for England which registrants are encouraged to read.

It is our understanding that optical practices will be able to remain open in England as they would fall under the exemption of delivering NHS/medical services. A full list of non-essential businesses that must close and those that have exemptions will be published shortly by the Government and a debate on these restrictions will happen on Wednesday 4 November.

The College of Optometrists is currently recommending that all practices remain open to provide services and continue to follow their amber guidance during this period. 

Our COVID-19 statements still remain in effect to support delivery of care and further advice can also be sought from the professional associations:

We will continue to monitor the guidance from Government and the impact on services in conjunction with the optical sector and will release new statements and update our guidance as we receive new information. 

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