Face coverings extended to workplace canteens and corridors

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

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Workers in staff canteens will have to wear a face covering when they are not seated at a table, the First Minister has announced today.

From tomorrow, anybody in a workplace canteen will have to wear a face covering – for example if they are queueing, or are entering or leaving the canteen or going to the bathroom.

A further change will take effect on Monday, said Nicola Sturgeon.

This will require face coverings to be worn in other ‘communal workplace’ areas such as corridors.

Mrs Sturgeon said:  ‘The responsibility for complying with these measures rests with individuals. But I would urge employers to take steps in their workplaces to explain and promote the new regulations.

‘The new rules are a proportionate additional step, which will help employees to keep themselves and their colleagues that bit safer.’

Couples getting married or having a civil partnership will not have to wear a face covering.

Mrs Sturgeon said: ‘This is a small but important change which I hope will be welcomed by anyone about to tie the knot.’

The latest figures show that the total number of positive cases reported in Scotland on Wednesday, October 14, was 1,351.

It represents 17.6 per cent of people newly tested, and takes the total number of cases in Scotland to 44,036.

A total of 450 of the new cases were in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 374 in Lanarkshire, 161 in Lothian and 111 in Ayrshire and Arran.

The remaining cases were spread across all the other mainland health board areas.

A total of 601 people are currently in hospital – an increase of 31 on yesterday.

A further two people are in intensive care bringing the total to 51.

In the past 24 hours, an additional 13 deaths have been registered of patients who first tested positive over the previous 28 days.

That means the total number of deaths, under the measure used in the government’s daily figures, is now 2,585, said Mrs Sturgeon.