Changes come into force today for face coverings in Scotland

Changes come into force today, April 18, for face coverings in Scotland.

According to the Scottish Government: “The legal requirement to wear face coverings in most indoor public spaces and on public transport will become guidance” from April 18.

The government though has recommended that: “face coverings continue to be worn where appropriate – including in indoor crowded spaces and on public transport – as members of the public are advised to carry on taking sensible precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

“Data shows the situation has generally improved but Covid has not gone away with over 5,000 cases a day still being recorded in Scotland.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “In recent weeks we have seen steady progress as we move back to a greater sense of normality and a more sustainable way of managing this virus.

“However our NHS is still under pressure and the most vulnerable members of our society can still benefit from additional measures to protect them from the virus.”

She went on to add: “That is why although the use of face coverings will become guidance rather than a legal requirement I strongly recommend members of the public continue wearing face coverings in indoor settings where possible, and particularly when significant numbers of people are present.

“We should also all continue to follow the latest advice on hygiene, ventilation, testing and of course vaccination to protect ourselves and each other.”

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    • John

      18 April 2022 • 11:43

      About time! Masks do not reduce transmission rates – the evidence is everywhere. It was all about political control. The hypocrisy surrounding mask wearing has been breathtaking and in many cases just plain stupid. Fine not to wear them in pubs yet vital in schools. Everyone wearing them under their noses, pulling them down to talk, pulling at them exactly where they are breathing out damp covid germs, taking them off by scrunching them up into their pockets, wearing used ones and not washing them, wearing them when walking alone on mountain trails – the list is endless. And as for the environmental impact, words fail me. Please, never again.

    • CCW60

      18 April 2022 • 15:44

      Masks never helped prevent the spread of “COVID”. IF they had worked we would have rid ourselves of it long ago. As for “COVID”, isn’t it interesting that recorded flu numbers plummeted around the globe at the very same time as “COVID” began and suddenly now that “COVID” is no longer a thing flu numbers are going back up again? Common cold numbers also went down during the same time period. Is it possible flu and cold cases were being counted as “COVID”? I think so. How about the FACT there was never a test able to isolate the supposed “COVID” virus from any other corona virus? This was nothing more than a global psyop, using fear to control people. NEVER AGAIN is right!


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