COVID-19 Scotland: masks to become guidance from 18th April

by | Apr 13, 2022

The Scottish Government has confirmed that the mandatory requirement to wear face coverings will become guidance next week (18th April).

This means that clients and staff in salons and retail spaces will no longer legally have to wear masks or face coverings.


The Scottish Government continues to strongly recommend that face coverings are worn where appropriate, such as indoor crowded spaces and on public transport.


COVID still remains a concern for public health and workplaces are advised to continue reducing their risk by enforcing the protective measures identified within their business risk assessments. This includes making necessary adaptations and maintaining a vigilant approach to managing COVID-19. Guidance for people who are managing a workplace, organisation or premises is set to be published on Monday 18 April.


 “In recent weeks we have seen steady progress as we move back to a greater sense of normality and a more sustainable way of managing this virus.
However our NHS is still under pressure and the most vulnerable members of our society can still benefit from additional measures to protect them from the virus. That is why although the use of face coverings will become guidance rather than a legal requirement I strongly recommend members of the public continue wearing face coverings in indoor settings where possible, and particularly when significant numbers of people are present.
We should also all continue to follow the latest advice on hygiene, ventilation, testing and of course vaccination to protect ourselves and each other.”

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister

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