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Strong message for Scots on face covers


01 June 2020

The Scottish Government has instructed people to wear face coverings on public transport, whereas in England it is merely encouraged. 

Guidance issued by the Scottish Government this week says people “should, and are expected to” wear face coverings, with the exception of small children. 

The advice follows “careful consideration of the medical and scientific evidence and taking into account the representations of transport staff and the views of the public”. 

“We believe this measure will also rebuild public confidence in the use of our public transport,” says the Scottish Government.

The DfT’s advice to public transport users is not as stringent, simply saying:  “If you can, wear a face covering on public transport.” 

The Welsh Government’s advice is similar. “Wearing a face covering may be beneficial as a precautionary measure,” it says. “It may provide some extra protection to you and may protect others if you are infected, whether or not you have developed symptoms.”

The DfT’s guidance also advises that in interchanges it will not always be possible to maintain the recommended two metre social distance. In these instances it advises people to “face away from other people and keep the time you spend near others as short as possible”.

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