Nicola Sturgeon has apologised by removing her face mask at a wake after violating Covid’s rules.
A photo on the front page of the Scottish Sun showed the First Minister speaking in a bar without wearing a mask while standing some distance away.
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Under Scottish coronavirus laws, except when sitting, patrons in pubs must wear face coverings, and they must wear one when moving about.
At the time the photo was taken, the First Minister was attending a wake.
“She said, “I took off my mask momentarily last Friday, when I was attending a wake. That was a dumb mistake and I’m very sorry.
Every day, I speak about the importance of masks, so I will not make excuses.
“I was wrong, I’m kicking myself, and I’m sorry.”
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“I was wrong, I’m kicking myself, and I’m sorry. ” https://t.co/LzH67yYKPq pic.twitter.com/0lqUtmDfvtdfvt
—December 22, 2020 Chris Musson (@ChrisMusson)
After attending a funeral at the nearby Mortonhall Crematorium, The Scottish Sun announced that she was at the Stable Bar and Restaurant.
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A spokesperson for the Scottish Conservatives said, “The First Minister should know better.”
“She is undermining essential public health messages by forgetting the rules and not leading by example.
“It is a mistake that a normal member of the public would not get away with. There can’t be one rule for Nicola Sturgeon and another for everyone else.”
Face coverings are required for customers and staff when entering, leaving and moving around public houses under coronavirus rules introduced in Scotland on Sept. 14.
The rules state, “There is an exception when customers are seated to serve food and drink, and for staff at the rear of the premises, such as kitchen staff or staff who are behind protective walls separating them from customers.”
Scottish Minister of Justice Humza Yousaf tweeted his support, saying, “FM has approached the pandemic by being open from the start. She has apologized for an accidental lapse (I suspect most of us have had one in the last 9 months). I have known her for 15 years & she is her harshest critic. I’m sure most people will understand, accept the apology & move on.”
By being upfront from the beginning, FM has approached the pandemic. She apologised for any unintended errors (I suspect most of us have had one in the last 9 months). For 15 years, I’ve known her and she’s her biggest critic. Most people will understand, accept the apology and move on, I’m sure.
– 22 December 2020 – Humza Yousaf (@HumzaYousaf)
Those who violate the laws of face-covering face a 60-£ fine.
In Scotland, 43 deaths and 1,316 new coronavirus cases have occurred in the past 24 hours.