Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon issued advice on Tuesday telling Scots to wear face coverings in public.
Sturgeon insisted she means a scarf or other material, but not medical face masks.
She said, “I want to address face covering, an issue that has attracted lots of attention lately.
“Guidance on this issue has just been published on the Scottish Government’s website.
“I want to stress a very important point and ask you to bear this in mind.
“I am talking here about face coverings made of cloth or other textiles such as a scarf.
“I am not talking about a medical-grade face mask that you would see health and social care workers wearing.
“The guidance we are publishing today makes clear that the most important step we can take to limit transmission of the virus is to comply with the current stay at home social distancing rules.
“Face coverings are not a substitute for any of that.”
Scotland’s First Minister added, “The circumstances we are recommending people to wear these face coverings would be if you are in an enclosed space with other people and it is not easy to keep the two metres distance.
“The examples I have given are public transport and shopping but of course, that is not exhaustive.
“The enclosed space with other people, where you may feel you are coming into closer contact with other people than is comfortable.
“But, I would stress again that under the current rules you shouldn’t be in those kinds of circumstances.
“It should be very limited occasions in which you find yourself in these circumstances but when you do, this is an added precaution.”