FM expected to reveal latest on 2m rule and face coverings

The first minister is expected to provide updates on the Scottish Government's stance over face coverings and the 2m social distancing rule later.

Nicola Sturgeon has promised to reveal "lots of important information" at her lunchtime briefing.

She has also said she will provide an update for how youngsters can mix with others during the summer holidays, ahead of an expected return to full-time schooling in August.

Ms Sturgeon has yet to budge on the 2m rule, which has been in force since the start of the pandemic, despite Boris Johnson saying that people can be within 1m in England if it is not possible to stay 2m apart.

Many people in the hospitality industry have called for the distance to be reduced, to increase the capacity of their venues and help the economy.

The first minister said she would take scientific advice before making any changes - and previously said she would provide an update by July 2.

She is also facing calls to make face coverings mandatory in shops, after the opening of non-essential retailers in Scotland on Monday.

It is already a rule that people using public transport must cover their faces - and Holyrood already strongly advises wearing them in other enclosed spaces like supermarkets.

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