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Coronavirus / ‘No significant issues’ encountered since face covering rule imposed on local ferries and buses

The Viking bus station. Photo: Shetland News/Hans J Marter

PEOPLE have been complying with the requirement to wear face coverings on public transport locally, according to Shetland Islands Council (SIC).

Face coverings became mandatory on all public transport in Scotland on 22 June.

A spokesperson for the SIC said that there have not known to be any issues with people being refused transport on Shetland’s ferries or buses for not wearing a covering.

A spokesperson said: “There have been no significant issues on council run ferries or on public bus services in recent weeks.

“Council staff are not aware of any passengers who have been refused travel because of not wearing a face covering.”

The wearing of face coverings in shops in Scotland, meanwhile, will become compulsory from tomorrow (Friday).

Speaking about the change, Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon told the Scottish Parliament on Thursday: “There will be some exemptions – for young children, people with certain health conditions and for staff in some circumstances.

“For the vast majority of us, however, it will be the law that we wear face coverings in shops.

“Wearing a face covering on a bus, train or in a shop should, for the foreseeable future, become as automatic as putting on a seatbelt in a car.”