Law and religion round-up – 20th March

Relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions in Scotland

On Wednesday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that face coverings will continue to be legally required in Scotland until at least April, amid a recent surge in cases. She said that it was “prudent” to continue to mandate masks in settings such as public transport, shops and hospitality, given concerns around the rapid spread of the BA.2 sublineage of Omicron. The legal requirement to wear masks was expected to convert to guidance on 21 March, but Ms Sturgeon said that the Government now expected this to happen in early April, subject to a further assessment in two weeks’ time.

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