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Nicola Sturgeon reported to police for apparent violation of face mask law

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Nicola Sturgeon has been reported to police after footage showed her apparently breaking Scotland’s Covid face mask law during the council election campaign.

Video posted on social media appears to show the Scottish Prime Minister not wearing a mask while visiting a barber in East Kilbride, south Lanarkshire, on Saturday.

There is currently a legal requirement to wear a face covering in most indoor public places in Scotland, including shops, public transport and hairdressers.

In the video, Ms Sturgeon appears to be seen without a face covering as she mingles with customers and pats a man’s head in a barber’s chair while mimicking the sound of an electric razor.

The Prime Minister wears a tartan face mask in the video of her visit to Iconic Gents Hair posted on her official Twitter account, in which she can be seen shaving off a man’s beard.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: ‘We can confirm that we have received a complaint which is currently being assessed.

The legal requirement to wear face masks in indoor settings in Scotland becomes directive on Monday, but the Scottish Government has strongly recommended that people continue to wear them where appropriate.

An SNP spokesperson said: ‘The Prime Minister was invited to the barber during an outdoor visit to the street.

“Within seconds she realized she hadn’t put her mask back on and immediately put it on.”

Scottish Conservative health spokesperson Dr Sandesh Gulhane MSP said: “The video clearly shows that Nicola Sturgeon is not practicing what she preaches about face masks.

“She is happy to point out Virtue for official photos, but behind closed doors it’s clear she doesn’t believe in her own rules so why should anyone else.

“This is blatant hypocrisy on the part of the Prime Minister who has now shown his true colors.

“The public, who have been under these legal Covid restrictions for over two years, deserve an apology for this breach of the rules. »

A spokesperson for the Scottish Liberal Democrats said: “It is incumbent on all politicians to set a good example. It seems that Nicola Sturgeon has lost track of her own rules.

In December 2020, Ms Sturgeon apologized after breaking Covid rules by removing her face mask at a funeral wake.

She described it as “a stupid mistake” and said, “I’m so sorry.”

The Scottish government said Saturday’s incident was a problem for the party.