Scottish Government announcement on 2 July – Face Coverings in Shops


The Scottish Government announced today that from July 10 face coverings will be mandatory when shopping.  Also announced were exceptions to the 2m distancing rule, as well as new guidance for children playing outdoors.

Regarding face coverings, the Government said:

“Following the successful introduction of mandatory face coverings on public transport, the measure will be extended to include retail settings from Friday, 10 July, in line with expected changes to other lockdown measures on that date.”

On children playing out doors, according to the Scottish Government:

“From tomorrow, children aged 11 and under will be able to play outdoors, without physical distancing, in groups of up to eight and of no more than two other households.

“Children aged 12 to 17 are asked to continue to physically distance but can meet in groups of up to eight outdoors and no more than two other households at a time. There will be no limit placed on the total number of households children can meet in one day, enabling siblings to meet separate groups or friends, or to meet groups in addition to those their parents or carers may take part in.”

And referring to the current guidance on travel restrictions, it was announced that:

“The five mile limit for leisure travel will be lifted for the majority of the country from tomorrow (Friday, 3 July) as will restrictions on self-catering, self-contained accommodation.”

The full press release and details of the announcements can be found at the Scottish Government website here.