Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: Mandatory face masks in shops as Scotland enters phase three

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Friday is the first day that phase three lockdown easing measurements are put in place with people now being able to meet indoors.

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Nicola Sturgeon has said that the phase three changes are the most ‘high risk’ changes yet, and urges the public to stick with the guidelines, saying: “we will not hesitate to reimpose restrictions if we consider it necessary to halt the spread of the virus and save lives."

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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE

Key Events

  • Face coverings in shops are a legal requirement in Scotland from today.
  • CalMac cuts distancing to 1 metre 
  • Hairdressers, pubs, restaurants and museums will be reopening next week.
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FM on the 20 people cap at ceremonies: Although beer gardens will have more than 20 people, they are separate groups and therefor not interacting with each other. At a ceremony, people will have a tenancy to all be physically closer together.

Leitch: There is no suggestion that today’s 18 positive cases are related. If they continue to go up, gov will look in ‘deep and serious’ ways on how it is happening. The adviser’s could tell the FM to go backwards on route map.

FM on how long people will have to wear face coverings for: “I don’t know how long...I certainly hope it’s not permanent...I certainly think it’s for the foreseeable future”

Guidance on singing and chanting still being worked out between the government and faith communities.

FM on gyms: Considering this on a daily basis but “can’t do everything at once”.

FM: Gyms and swimming pools pose specific challenges. 

FM on pubs opening: Pubs will be able to open in line with their normal licence conditions

FM: Pubs have been very responsible with their outdoor opening, and hopes the same for indoor opening.

FM: Pubs should make sure they have all the rules in place.

FM: Scot Gov decided to deliberately open indoor areas for pubs during the week when more people are working allows a smoother transition back to pubs being open.

FM: “We all have a responsibility here." Urges people to follow rules. 

FM does not expect shop workers to force people to wear masks

The enforcement of the law is down to the police.

FM pleas people to do the right thing. 

FM: “We’re going to be living with this for a long time"

FM: "Do not abuse a shop worker. That is not appropriate.”

FM urges those who disagree with wearing a mask to email her and tell her rather than take it out on shop workers. 

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