Coronavirus restrictions and measures will remain in place at Tameside Hospital and across community sites beyond 19 July.
Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the Ashton-based hospital and some community services, is keen to stress to patients and the wider public that there will be no change to the strict infection control measures already in place - despite the lifting of restrictions in England next week.
It means anyone attending the hospital or a community location will be expected to wear a suitable face covering, sanitise their hands on arrival and throughout their visit, and maintain social distancing where possible.
The Trust says the decision has been taken to protect patients and staff, and the measures will be continuously monitored and reviewed.
Peter Weller, Executive Director of Nursing and Integrated Governance and Director of Infection Prevention and Control at the Trust, said: "Infection prevention and control is of the utmost importance at our hospital and across our community sites. With this in mind, we will not be changing our policy after 19 July 2021.
"Our decision has been taken in order to ensure that we protect our patients and staff. We care for and provide services to vulnerable people for whom reducing the risk of infection is paramount. We hope everyone will understand our reasoning for this.
"We will be continuously monitoring and reviewing the arrangements we have in place. Anybody attending the hospital or a community location for any reason will be expected to wear a suitable face covering, sanitise their hands on arrival and throughout their visit and maintain social distancing where possible."