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The law unpinning the requirement for Face Coverings-


The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 4) Regulations 2020. Passed on 18th June 2020


Set out the Requirement to wear a face covering on public transport

Also set out the defence to a charge of committing an offence under the regulation with the definition of “a reasonable excuse”


Regulation 8(4)


In relation to the wearing of a face covering, a reasonable excuse includes—

  1. to seek medical assistance,


  1. to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person, including to provide emergency assistance,


  1. to avoid injury, illness or to escape a risk of harm,


  1. where the person cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering—


(i)                  because of any physical or mental illness or impairment or disability (within the meaning of section 6 of the Equality Act 2010(4)),


(ii)                without severe distress,


  1. to communicate with a person who has difficulties communicating (in relation to speech, language or otherwise),


  1. to eat or drink where reasonably necessary,


  1. to take medication,


  1. to remove a face covering temporarily to comply with a request by a relevant person or another person acting in the course of their duties, and for the purposes of this sub-paragraph “relevant person” has the meaning given by regulation  7(12).


The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 7) Regulations 2020. Passed on 9th July 2020


Sets out the Requirement to wear a face covering in a shop


It refers to Regulation 8(4) in relation to “a reasonable excuse” as above.


Therefore, there is no legal requirement nor any expectation that individuals show any documentation if challenged. It is a matter for the police and the courts to interpret and to enforce the Regulations.


Non-English Speakers

These fact sheets have been written to explain the role of UK health services, the National Health Service (NHS), to newly-arrived individuals seeking asylum. It covers issues such as the role of GPs, their function as gatekeepers to the health services, how to register and how to access emergency services.

Special care has been taken to ensure that information is given in clear language, and the content and style has been tested with user groups.

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