Coronavirus: Changes to Scotland’s Lockdown Rules Explained

In Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has introduced Phase 3 of easing lockdown. As of Friday 10th July, face coverings in shops and other retail premises are now mandatory. As a result of this change, people have been urged to take a face covering with them when leaving the house. 


Read the full Scottish Government guidelines on Phase 3: Scotland's route map, and the new face covering laws in Scotland.   


First Minister addressed the new changes in a statement:

“Face coverings in shops will be compulsory from the end of next week (week commencing 13th July) but please don’t wait until then, get into the habit now.”

However, there is relief for some individuals as the Minister went on to explain, 

“This will be subject to some exemptions - for example, for children under the age of five, people with breathing difficulties, and those who have physical conditions which make it hard to keep the mask in place.”


To prevent a further spread of the virus the nation should be vigilant and follow the FACTS. This is the sum of our individual actions, and collective endeavor, that will suppress the virus.


Face coverings

Avoid crowded places

Clean hands regularly

Two-metre distance

Self isolate and book a test if you have symptoms


In England, people are advised to wear a face covering where possible in enclosed public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people outside of your social bubble.


However, we may not be far behind Scotland!


As we learn to live our lives amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, it is noticeable that the nation has become aware of their personal responsibility to stop the spread of infection. In making mandatory laws for the use of face coverings a sense of normality has been created, helping to relieve any self-conscious stigma that may have once been experienced.

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