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Coronavirus: Face Coverings To Become Mandatory In Scottish Shops


The use of face coverings will become mandatory in shops in Scotland as coronavirus restrictions are eased, Nicola Sturgeon has said. Non-essential shops have reopened in Scotland and bars and restaurants are due to open up again later this month. The first minister said the 2m physical distancing rule would be eased for some premises when the country enters the next phase of its routemap on 10 July. And she said face coverings would be mandatory in shops from that date. Ms Sturgeon also announced that children under the age of 12 would no longer need to maintain physical distancing from other households while outdoors from Friday. The first minister had ordered further scientific study of the 2m (6ft 6in) physical distancing rule after it was announced a "one metre plus" system would be introduced in England.

She said that using face coverings - which are already mandatory on public transport - could "help reduce the risk of transmission indoors" and "provide an additional layer of protection".

"We have proceeded for a period with a voluntary approach to this," she said. "Some people are complying and some are not, I'm not pointing fingers or trying to blame people for that but we have to make a judgement if we're heading into a period where more people are interacting.

"And we've been having a discussion with more sectors like retail about reducing distancing, and that increases the importance of mitigations like face coverings."

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