Police Scotland takes ‘no further action’ on Nicola Sturgeon following face mask complaint


It comes after Nicola Sturgeon was reported to the police after accusations she broke Covid laws on face coverings in indoor public places.

A video circulating on social media showed the First Minister without a mask on a visit to a barber’s in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, on Saturday during an election campaign trail.

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The law became guidance from Monday, with the public being encouraged to continue wearing masks.

The video shows Nicola Sturgeon not wearing a face mask in a public setting.

Police Scotland released a statement saying local officers have spoken to the First Minister to remind her of the importance of the then legal requirement.

The police said they are now satisfied with the measures and no further action has been taken.

In the video, Ms Sturgeon appears to be seen without a face covering as she mingles with customers and pats the head of a man in a barber’s chair while mimicking the sound of an electric razor.

Ms Sturgeon has said she recognized the action was an “error” on her part and has apologized.

In a statement, Nicola Sturgeon said: “On Saturday, while campaigning outdoors in East Kilbride I was invited into a local barber shop. After a few seconds of being in the shop, I realized I had forgotten to put my face covering back on. I then immediately put it on.

“However, I accept that not wearing a face covering even for a few seconds was an error on my part and I am sorry for that.

“Having received complaints about the matter, Police Scotland made contact with me. This is what they would have done with anyone else in these circumstances, and they were absolutely right to treat me no differently to any other citizen.

“I explained that the error was inadvertent and the police have confirmed that the matter is closed.”

The First Minister added: “While the law no longer requires face coverings to be worn, I will continue to do so in circumstances where this can help reduce the risk of infection, and I encourage everyone to do likewise.”

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Police Scotland said action taken by them was “in line with our proportionate approach throughout the pandemic.”

The matter was previously being assessed by Police Scotland after it was reported to them.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Local officers have spoken to the First Minister to remind her of the importance of wearing a face covering when there is a legal requirement to do so.

“Given the circumstances of this incident, Police Scotland is satisfied that no further action is necessary.

“This is in line with our proportionate approach throughout the pandemic.”

The National Clinical Director Jason Leitch came under fire from opposition members on Monday morning after defending the First Minister on the matter.

Speaking on BBC Good Morning Scotland this morning, Professor Leitch said the First Minister’s actions were “actually what we’re asking people to do”, adding the First Minister realized within “a matter of seconds” she had to put a face covering on.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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