Sturgeon reported to police for not wearing mask
UPDATE 18 April: Nicola Sturgeon was facing calls to resign if she is fined for not wearing a face covering during a visit to a barber’s shop at the weekend.
Ms Sturgeon has been reported to the police after social media footage appeared to show her breaking her own mask wearing rules. She could be fined £60.
Tory MSP Stephen Kerr said: “Sturgeon walked into a barbers without a mask, breaking the rules she’s spent two years intoning at us from behind her podium.
“How’s that ‘Send Boris a message’ going?”
The First Minister has recently joined calls for Boris Johnson to resign as Prime Minister after he was fined for breaking his own Covid rules. Former Dragons’s Den star Duncan Bannatyne cheekily tweeted: “Nicola Sturgeon is a very honourable lady and will do the right thing and show by example by resigning first thing tomorrow morning.”
She was seen without a face covering during a visit to a barbers in East Kilbride on Saturday. It shows her mingling with customers while out campaigning.
The requirement for face coverings in indoor settings in Scotland switches to guidance from 18 April, but was still a legal requirement at the weekend.
It applies to anyone entering most indoor public places in Scotland, including shops, public transport and hairdressers.
A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: “We can confirm that we have received a complaint which is currently being assessed.”
The row deepened today (Monday) when Scotland’s chief medical officer Professor Jason Leitch appeared to defend the First Minister.
“My understanding is it was a matter of seconds,” he said. “She realises the place is crowded, puts her face covering on, which is actually what we’re asking people to do.”
Scottish Conservative MSP Craig Hoy said it was inappropriate for a civil servant to defend the First Minister’s actions.
He said: “These kinds of questions should be left to politicians to answer. Instead, SNP ministers are in hiding and Jason Leitch is blurring the lines between ministers and government officials.”
Scottish Conservative health spokesman Dr Sandesh Gulhane MSP said: “The video clearly shows Nicola Sturgeon isn’t practising what she preaches on facemasks.
“She’s happy virtue signalling 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 from the First Minister who has now shown her true colours.
“The public, who have been under these legal Covid restrictions for over two years, deserve an apology for this rule break.'”
A spokesperson for the SNP said: “The First Minister was invited into the barbers during an outdoor visit on the street.
“Within a few seconds, she realised she hadn’t put her mask back on and immediately put it on.”
Ms Sturgeon apologised after breaching Covid rules taking off her face mask at a funeral wake in December 2020.
She described her actions as “a stupid mistake”.