NICOLA Sturgeon apologised by removing her face mask at a wake at Holyrood for violating her own coronavirus laws.
The First Minister said that she kicked herself “possibly harder than my worst critic ever could.”
The First Minister spoke to three women in a bar while standing some distance apart but not wearing a mask, a photo published in the Scottish Sun revealed.
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Patrons in public houses must wear a face covering except when sitting, under the coronavirus regulations of the Scottish government, and must wear one when moving about.
A wake for a Scottish government official was attended by Ms. Sturgeon.
Nicola Sturgeon apologizes for violating the laws of Covid.
She addressed the issue in the Scottish Parliament ahead of the First Minister’s Questions.
She said, “Before I go any further today, Mr. Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to say how sorry I am for breaking the rules that I ask all of us every single day to follow.”
“I took off my face mask when I briefly attended a funeral service last week,” he said.
I’m sure this morning everyone saw an image of me without my mask in the newspapers.
Today, I want to make it clear that I was wrong, regardless of the circumstances. There are no excuses.
“Like anyone else, the rules apply to me, and the rules are really relevant.
I’m kicking myself really hard, maybe harder than my worst opponent has ever been able to do.
“But more importantly, I’m going to make sure I don’t slack off again.”
Ms. Sturgeon was at the Stable Bar and Restaurant after attending a funeral at the nearby Mortonhall Crematorium, the Scottish Sun reported.
Face covers are required for customers and workers when entering, leaving and moving around food service establishments under coronavirus regulations implemented 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.”
Those who breach the rules on face covering can be fined £ 60.
On BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland show, Professor Jason Leitch, Scotland’s national clinical director, said, “I think the First Minister knows this is important, I think she’s as angry with herself as some might be with her.”
We had a short talk last night, and she’s completely pissed about this little attention slip.
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“It’s so simple, we live in a completely different world than we did a year ago, don’t we?”
He said that Ms. Sturgeon had “just walked out the door and was called back.”
He said, “Because she was leaving, her mask was off, and then (she) went back in and (had) a little lapse – she didn’t put it back on.”
“It just reinforces again for all of us the nature of these instructions and this virus, and she’s just as crazy about herself as anybody else.”