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Nicola Sturgeon reported to police over apparent face mask law breach

Nicola Sturgeon has been reported to police after footage confirmed her apparently breaching Scotland’s Covid face mask law on the council election marketing campaign path.

A video posted on social media seems to present Scotland’s First Minister not carrying a mask throughout a go to to a barber’s in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, on Saturday.

There is at present a authorized requirement to put on a face masking in most indoor public locations in Scotland, together with outlets, public transport and hairdressers.

In the video, Ms Sturgeon seems to be seen with no face masking as she mingles with clients and pats the pinnacle of a person in a barber’s chair whereas mimicking the sound of an electrical razor.

The video clearly reveals Nicola Sturgeon isn’t practising what she preaches on facemasks

Dr Sandesh Gulhane MSP, Scottish Conservatives

The First Minister is carrying a tartan face mask within the video of her go to to Iconic Gents Hair posted on her official Twitter account, wherein she might be seen shaving a person’s beard.

A Police Scotland spokesman mentioned: “We can confirm that we have received a complaint which is currently being assessed.”

The authorized requirement to put on a face mask in indoor settings in Scotland strikes into steering on Monday, nonetheless the Scottish Government has strongly advisable that individuals proceed to put on them the place applicable.

An SNP spokesman mentioned: “The First Minister was invited into the barber’s during an outdoor visit on the street.

“Within a few seconds, she realised she hadn’t put her mask back on and immediately put it on.”

Scottish Conservative well being spokesman Dr Sandesh Gulhane MSP mentioned: “The video clearly shows Nicola Sturgeon isn’t practising what she preaches on face masks.

“She’s happy virtue signalling for official photos but behind closed doors it’s clear she doesn’t believe in her own rules so why should anyone else.

“This is blatant hypocrisy from the First Minister who has now shown her true colours.

“The public, who have been under these legal Covid restrictions for over two years, deserve an apology for this rule break.”

A Scottish Liberal Democrats spokesman mentioned: “It’s incumbent on all politicians to set a good example. It looks like Nicola Sturgeon has lost track of what her own rules are.”

In December 2020, Ms Sturgeon apologised after she breached Covid guidelines by taking off her face mask at a funeral wake.

She described it as “a stupid mistake”, and mentioned: “I’m really sorry.”

The Scottish Government mentioned the incident on Saturday was a difficulty for the social gathering.

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