Face masks no longer legally required at funerals and weddings in Scotland

Face masks no longer legally required at funerals and weddings in Scotland

Scots will no longer have to wear a face covering in places of worship or while attending a marriage ceremony, a civil partnership registration, a funeral service or commemorative event.

The new measures come into place from Monday.

They are part of a “phased” relaxation of the remaining Covid rules, which still include a legal requirement to wear face masks on public transport.

The wider legal requirement for wearing face masks – which applies to shops, public transport and some other indoor settings – will be converted to guidance on April 18.

Ms Sturgeon stressed the Government will “continue to encourage the wearing of face coverings in certain indoor places, especially where significant numbers of people are present”.

The latest relaxation of coronavirus restrictions comes as Scotland recorded another 5,364 new cases of Covid-19.

However Public Health Scotland noted an issue with the Scottish Government Lateral Flow Device (LFD) portal, which it said was “resulting in lower than usual numbers of LFD tests and cases since Friday April 1”.

No new deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, although register offices are generally closed at weekends.

This means the number of people who have died within 28 days of a positive test remains at 11,507.

The figures showed that 2,372 people with recently confirmed Covid-19 were in hospital on Sunday, including 23 in intensive care.

Meanwhile a total of 4,362,070 people have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 4,095,356 have had two doses and 3,455,128 have received a third dose or booster jag.

Published: by Radio NewsHub