As of today, Scotland’s rules around face masks have changed.
The Scottish Government confirmed the law making it necessary to wear face coverings on public transport and in public spaces, such as shops, has been lifted.
This comes after legislation on wearing face masks in places of worship was reduced to guidance last month.
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However the Scottish Government still encourages the wearing of face coverings in certain indoor places, especially where significant numbers of people are present.
While this will be a move welcomed by many, ScotRail has issued an update as they continue to encourage their customers to cover up.
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Writing on Twitter this morning, the rail service said: “We recommend customers continue to wear a face covering while traveling on our trains and at stations in line with Scottish Government guidance.”
And answering questions they pointed out that the legal requirement to wear a face covering has been lifted.
In terms of flying, people are encouraged to check with their airline on the specific rules regarding face coverings on planes.
Ryanair’s website still states that they require passengers to wear a face coverings.
Jet2’s guidance for Scotland appears not to have been updated yet, and still says: “It’s still a legal requirement for everyone aged six years and over to wear a face mask at our Scottish airports and onboard our planes traveling to and from those airports. This is the case even if you’re fully vaccinated. ”
However, looking at the guidance they have for England where they lifted the law for face masks earlier, Jet2 still encourage people to wear them, so it can be expected they will carry on the advice for people traveling to and from Scotland.
They state: “It’s no longer a legal requirement to wear a face mask at our airports or onboard our planes. However, as per UK Government guidance, we recommend that you continue to wear a face mask in these spaces, and you will need to wear one when you get to your overseas destination. “
First Bus has also said it is a ‘personal choice’ as to whether customers wear a face coverings on their buses in Glasgow.
Taking to Twitter last week ahead of the rule change, they said: “From Monday, April 18, the use of face coverings is no longer mandatory across Scotland. Government guidelines suggest the ongoing use of face coverings in crowded places where you come into contact with people who do not normally meet. “
This comes as the country moves towards a ‘new phase’ of the pandemic.
Today also marks the end of free lateral flow testing as the guidance to test even when you do not have symptoms has been scrapped.
You can pick up LFT’s for £ 2 in pharmacies if you still wish to test.