Nicola Sturgeon has been reported to police after footage confirmed her apparently breaching Scotland’s Covid face masks regulation on the council election marketing campaign path.
A video posted on social media seems to point out Scotland’s first minister not sporting a masks throughout a go to to a barber’s in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, on Saturday.
There may be at present a authorized requirement to put on a face overlaying in most indoor public locations in Scotland, together with outlets, public transport and hairdressers.
Within the video, Ms Sturgeon seems to be seen with out a face overlaying as she mingles with prospects and pats the pinnacle of a person in a barber’s chair whereas mimicking the sound of an electrical razor.
The primary minister is sporting a tartan face masks in a distinct video of her go to to Iconic Gents Hair posted on her official Twitter account, through which she could be seen shaving a person’s beard.
A Police Scotland spokesman stated: “We will verify that we now have acquired a criticism which is at present being assessed.”
The authorized requirement to put on a face masks in indoor settings in Scotland strikes into steerage on Monday, nonetheless the Scottish Authorities has strongly really helpful that folks proceed to put on them the place applicable.
An SNP spokesman stated: “The primary minister was invited into the barber’s throughout an out of doors go to on the road.
“Inside just a few seconds, she realised she hadn’t put her masks again on and instantly put it on.”
Scottish Conservative well being spokesman Dr Sandesh Gulhane MSP stated: “The video clearly exhibits Nicola Sturgeon isn’t practising what she preaches on face masks.
“She’s glad advantage signalling for official images however behind closed doorways it’s clear she doesn’t consider in her personal guidelines so why ought to anybody else.
“That is blatant hypocrisy from the primary minister who has now proven her true colors.
“The general public, who’ve been underneath these authorized Covid restrictions for over two years, deserve an apology for this rule break.”
A Scottish Liberal Democrats spokesperson stated: “It’s incumbent on all politicians to set instance. It seems like Nicola Sturgeon has misplaced monitor of what her personal guidelines are.”
In December 2020, Ms Sturgeon apologised after she breached Covid guidelines by taking off her face masks at a funeral wake.
She described it as “a silly mistake”, and stated: “I’m actually sorry.”
The Scottish authorities stated the incident on Saturday was a problem for the occasion.