Workers required to wear face coverings in communal areas in Scotland

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New rules on the mandatory wearing of face coverings have come into force across Scotland.

Workers are now required to face coverings in communal areas, such as canteens, meeting rooms and bathrooms.

The stronger regulations are in line with those put in place across the hospitality industry, meaning workers should not remove their face covering until they are sat at a table.

The First Minister told MSPs last Thursday that the measures were part of the response needed at a "critical moment" in the Covid-19 pandemic.

Announcing the new workplace rules to the Scottish Parliament last week, Nicola Sturgeon said: “The responsibility for complying with these measures rests with individuals. However, I would urge employers to take steps in their workplaces to explain and promote the new regulations."

She said: "The new rules are a proportionate additional step which will help employees keep themselves and their colleagues that bit safer."

During her announcement, Ms Sturgeon also eased the rules for couples who are getting married. They will now no longer have to wear a face covering during the ceremony, as long as they are two-metres from anyone else.

Sturgeon said: “This is a small but important change which I hope will be welcomed by anyone about to tie the knot.”

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