Coronavirus: Face coverings will have to be worn in Scotland's shops

Henrietta Brewer
July 3, 2020

And she confirmed face coverings would be mandatory in shops from that date.

Some sectors, such as hospitality and retail, will be exempt from the two-metre rule on the guarantee that extra measures will be put in place instead, in an effort to re-start the country's economy.

The First Minister also lifted the five mile travel rule for recreation and leisure, with the exception of Dumfries, Gretna and Annan, where there has been a cluster of coronavirus cases.

The overall tally for positive tests in the NHS Highland health board area remained unchanged on 375 for the third day running when the Scottish Government published its daily update this afternoon.

Announcing that social distancing was being abolished for the under-11s, she said: "This will enable you to play more normally with friends, which I hope you will enjoy".

"However, the advice also notes that, as the number of infected individuals falls, there is less chance of any of us coming into contact with someone who has the virus and so absolute risk is lower".

"It is vital we take all reasonable steps to reduce risk and we know that face coverings can help reduce the risk of transmission indoors". She said they would all require "clear signage" but noted they would be different for restaurants than hairdressers.

Announcing the changes, the First Minister said: "As we move further out of lockdown, some rules will become more targeted and, as such, a bit more complicated". The government also wants businesses to collect the names and addresses of customers "to help with contact tracing when that is necessary".

Ms Sturgeon also acknowledged the "serious economic implications" of keeping the two-metre rule, which severely limits customer capacity.

She reported that working with face coverings was "one particular detail we can do to cut down hazard, not a substitute for other issues". "Some folks are complying and some are not, I'm not pointing fingers or attempting to blame people for that but we have to make a judgement if we're heading into a period where additional men and women are interacting".

Exceptions already in place to the requirement to wear face coverings on public transport will also apply to shops, including for the under-fives and for those with specific medical conditions.

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