FMQs LIVE: Sturgeon braces for bitter showdown after EXTENDING Covid restrictions again

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The First Minister extended the legal requirement to wear facemasks in Scotland for the second time. Ms Sturgeon, who blamed the UK’s high Covid rate for the extension, admitted wearing the masks were an “inconvenience” but said it is important to reduce pressure on the NHS. From next Monday, Scots will no longer have to wear a face-covering in places of worship or while attending a marriage ceremony, civil partnership, funeral or commemorative event. But the legal requirement to wear one in other indoor public places such as shops and public transport will only be changed to guidance on Easter Monday, April 18. Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross accused her of refusing to trust the public to make decisions over where and when to wear coverings.

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Sturgeon faces backlash after refusing to wear mask at Westminster Abbey

Nicola Sturgeon is facing backlash for extending the Scottish mask mandate days after refusing to wear one during Prince Philip’s memorial. 

Visitors to the Abbey are advised that the wearing of face masks during services is optional.

Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross said the First Minister had “used her own judgment” by choosing not to wear a face-covering during the 45-minute service at Westminster Abbey.

Ms Sturgeon is denying Scots the same right to choose, he argued. 

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