Speaking in a Covid-19 press briefing on Thursday (July 2), First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said it will be mandatory for the people to wear a face covering in shops from Friday (July 10) (Photo: NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP via Getty Images).

The Scottish government has asked the public to wear face masks in retail settings including community pharmacies.

Speaking in a Covid-19 press briefing on last week, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it would be mandatory for the people to wear a face covering in shops from Friday (July 10) as part of the Phase Three coronavirus restrictions.

The government’s latest move follows successful introduction of mandatory face coverings on public transport, in line with expected changes to other lockdown measures.

Sturgeon said: “…Shops, outdoor hospitality and self-catering accommodation are beginning to reopen, travel distance restrictions are being lifted, and we are actively exploring further measures we can introduce – such as face coverings and two-metre rule exemptions – that can get our economy safely back up and running even quicker.

“…face coverings should be worn in enclosed spaces, avoid crowded areas, clean your hands and hard surfaces regularly and thoroughly, two metre distancing remains in place, self-isolate, and book a test immediately, if you have symptoms of Covid-19.”

After successful introduction of mandatory face coverings on public transport, the measure now will be extended to all retail settings including community pharmacies.

ScotRail reports that since the wearing of face coverings was made mandatory on June 22, around 90 per cent of customers have followed the guidance to keep themselves and others safe.

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