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Sunday, 21 July 2024 – 07:10
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Scotland to make face coverings mandatory in shops

The Scottish Government have announced that face coverings are to become mandatory in all shops from the 9th July, coinciding with the relaxing of lockdown measures in Scotland.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the new rules on Wednesday, amongst a host of other rules that are set to come in as Scotland reopens its non-essential businesses later this month.

Some non-essential shops have already begun to reopen, but pubs and restaurants are also set to open up later in July.

Sturgeon also announced that rules on physical distancing will be relaxed for children under the age of 12 – the least at-risk category – with these children no longer being required to maintain physical distance from other households.

This comes in the days following Scotland managing 4 days without any COVID related deaths, signalling a shift towards reopening the Scottish economy once again.

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