BREAKING: The Scottish government is advising that there may be benefits to wearing face coverings in spaces where it is more difficult to stay two metres away from others, such as in food shops and on public transport.
People should still stay at home, first minister Nicola Sturgeon said, but if you do have to go out then face coverings – not of the medical type – should be worn to prevent the spread.
She said this is not mandatory and is not recommended for children aged two or under.
Mrs Sturgeon said you should wash your hands and avoid touching your face before you put the face covering on, then wash it at 60C after using.
She said wearing a face covering is an extra precaution but it cannot be seen as a substitute for the other rules and guidelines – adding that anybody with COVID-19 symptoms and their household still need to self-isolate.
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Nicola Ferguson Sturgeon is a Scottish politician who is currently serving as the fifth First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party since November 2014. She is the first woman to hold either position.