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Today (March 30) Nicola Sturgeon stated her intention to drop the legal requirement for face coverings in Scotland on a phased basis, with the requirement of wearing masks in stores to end on Monday, April 18.

The relaxation of the Covid restrictions in Scotland will mean that face coverings are not legally required in stores across the whole of the UK and Ireland.

Nicola Sturgeon said the phasing out of the legal requirements “strikes a sensible balance” between getting rid of restrictions and the need for caution given the latest wave of infections.

The first minister says she recognises “face coverings are an inconvenience” but believes a further two weeks is a “proportionate precautionary measure while we pass the peak of this latest wave”.

Whilst restrictions have been lifted, the Scottish Government still encourages workplaces to continue with all protective measures identified by risk assessment, make adaptations to operations and maintain a vigilant approach to managing Covid.

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