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Nicola Sturgeon reported to police for alleged Covid mask violation

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NICOLA Sturgeon has been reported to police for appearing to flout her own Covid rules on wearing a face covering.

The Prime Minister has already been forced to apologize for breaking mask rules in 2020 and said she will never do so again.

“These rules apply to me, just like everyone else, and the rules really matter,” she said at the time. “I’m going to make sure I don’t let my guard down again.”

However, she was charged with committing the same rules breach at a hair salon while campaigning in Saturday’s local elections.

Scottish Tories have accused her of “blatant hypocrisy”.

The SNP said Ms Sturgeon did not wear a mask for “a few seconds” before realizing and “immediately” correcting her mistake.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: ‘We can confirm that we have received a complaint which is currently being assessed.

The SNP leader posted a video of herself wearing her usual tartan face mask while shaving a man’s beard in Iconic Gents Hair in East Kilbride.

However, other footage later emerged of her joking and pretending to cut someone’s hair in the same small space without a mask before her official video was shot.

Some staff and customers were also unmasked in the clips.

A breach of face covering rules can result in a £60 fine.

After the six-second clip was posted on Twitter, one of Ms Sturgeon’s controversial online critics, Jane Lax, former Conservative Party treasurer at Moray, complained to police Scotland.

She posted a screenshot of her complaint form and hinted that the FM should be investigated as the Prime Minister was found to have broken lockdown rules at Downing Street.

She wrote: “I would like to report Nicola Sturgeon for breaking the current Covid rules.

“I believe that since Boris Johnson has been held responsible, the same standards of police investigation should be applied to the Prime Minister.”

Until tomorrow when the rules change, face coverings are still legally compulsory in Scotland at hairdressers.

Scottish Government guidelines state that “by law, everyone aged 12 and over must wear a face covering, unless exempted, in most indoor spaces, including … hairdressing salons, salons beauty and nail salons, tattoo studios and any other indoor close contact service”.

Even after the law is relaxed, advice will be to continue wearing a mask in indoor spaces and on public transport.

SNP Health Secretary Humza Yousaf today said the ‘very strong advice’ would be to continue wearing a mask in such places.

In December 2020, Ms Sturgeon apologized to MSPs for removing a face mask during a vigil.

She said she “briefly” removed a “silly mistake” from her.

She said: “I want to make it clear that whatever the circumstances, I was wrong. There is no excuse.

“These rules apply to me, just like everyone else, and the rules really matter.

“I’m kicking myself really hard – maybe harder than my worst critic ever could have – but more importantly, I’m going to make sure I don’t let my guard down anymore.”

Scotland’s Conservative Shadow Health Secretary, Dr Sandesh Gulhane MSP, said: ‘The video clearly shows that Nicola Sturgeon is not practicing what she preaches about face masks.

“She is happy to point out Virtue 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 on the part of the Prime Minister who has now shown his true colors.

“The public, who have been under these legal Covid restrictions for over two years, deserve an apology for this breach of the rules. »

Chris McEleny, general secretary of Alex Salmond’s Alba party, added: “It highlights that compliance is now completely out of the window and any idea that once Scotland fully aligns with the strategy of Boris Johnson’s surrender on Monday, it’s highly doubtful we’ll see a large proportion of the public continue to wear face masks

“With this bet, we’ll just have to hope that future variants don’t appear that vaccinations don’t protect us from.”

Ms Sturgeon and other SNP figures have regularly called on Boris Johnson to resign for breaking Covid laws during the lockdown by attending parties in Downing Street.

Mr Johnson, his wife Carrie and Chancellor Rishi Sunak were all fined last week.

An SNP spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister was invited to the barbers on an outdoor visit to the street.

“Within seconds she realized she hadn’t put her mask back on and immediately put it on.”