Face coverings masks in shops

First minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has announced she will lift “most” legal coronavirus restrictions in the country on 9 August.

Every part of Scotland moved to Level 0 in July, which meant more people could gather in groups and the opening hours of businesses could be extended.

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However, later this month social distancing will be removed in most settings, including shops, pubs, and restaurants, meaning convenience stores will no longer have to limit how many people can enter their store.

Sturgeon also confirmed the wearing of face coverings in shops and on public transport will remain for “some time to come”, making it easier for store owners to enforce, unlike in England where masks are no longer compulsory.

She said: “The move beyond Level 0 will entail the lifting of most of the remaining legally enforced restrictions, most notably on physical distancing and limits to the size of social gatherings.”

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Beyond 9 August some protections and guidance will remain these include.

  • The wearing of face coverings in public spaces such as shops and on public transport
  • Test and Protect to be continued
  • Hybrid home working and office working is advised

Sturgeon also announced that those who have been double jabbed will no longer have to self-isolate after close contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus, provided a negative test result is received.