Scotland’s remaining legal requirements to wear face coverings will be lifted next week.
The Scottish Government confirmed the move yesterday amid an ‘improving situation’ in the Covid crisis in Scotland.
But officials have warned that the virus has not gone away, with more than 5,000 cases being recorded on average per day in Scotland.
Scots have been ‘strongly recommended’ to continue wearing face coverings in certain settings.
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.
“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.”
Where face coverings will be recommended?
Nicola Sturgeon has urged Scots to continue wearing face coverings in indoor settings ‘where possible’.
The First Minister stressed the importance of wearing a face mask in settings where it is particularly busy.
Previous legal requirements on face coverings will move into guidance from April 18.
Here is a reminder of the places where Scots were ordered to wear a face covering – with the majority of places keeping the legal requirement in until next week.
- Public transport services and premises, including bus stops
- Taxis and hire vehicles
- Bars, cafes, restaurants, nightclubs and takeaways
- Hair salons, beauty and nail parlors, tattoo studios and any other indoor close contact service setting
- Crematoriums and funeral parlors
- Gyms, leisure centres, swimming pools and indoor fitness studios
- community centers
- Conference or exhibition centers
- Banks, building societies, registration offices
- During a driving lesson or test
- Libraries, museums and galleries
- Indoor entertainment venues, such as cinemas, bingo halls, comedy clubs, theaters, concert halls, sport stadia
- Indoor leisure facilities, such as casinos, amusement arcades, soft play centers, indoor funfairs, among others
- Indoors places where clubs and societies meet
- Any indoor, or part of an indoor public space used as a polling station or for counting votes
- Storage and distribution facilities, including collection and drop off points
- In communal areas and canteens in workplaces, this includes tradespeople working in homes, colleges and universities, health care settings, such as dentists, hospitals and care homes, and any other indoor setting where work is carried out.
- In places of worship (in guidance from April 4)
- Marriage ceremonies and civil partnership registrations, funeral services, and commemorative events, such as a memorial service (in guidance from April 4)
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