Ruth Maguire MSP today echoed advice from the Scottish Government regarding the use of face coverings in enclosed spaces in the fight against COVID-19.

The Scottish Government has published new guidance on the wearing of face coverings which suggests there may be some benefit in using them when leaving the house and entering enclosed spaces.

The MSP for Cunninghame South said: “The latest advice from the Scottish Government will hopefully offer a degree of reassurance to people who are anxious about the spread of coronavirus in enclosed areas.

“As some people can have COVID-19 but experience no symptoms, wearing a face covering in these situations may provide some level of protection against transmission to other people.

“It’s important to stress that face coverings will mainly benefit those who may have the virus but be unaware of it to prevent further transmission. There is no evidence that suggests that they will prevent you from becoming infected yourself. Please do not assume that using a face covering will make you invulnerable to the virus.

“Staying home, physical distancing, regular hand washing and refraining from touching your face remain the most important and effective measures we can all adopt to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The wearing of facial coverings must not be considered an alternative to any of these precautions.

The public use of facial coverings is not being made mandatory and will not be enforced at this stage. However, the Scottish Government will keep this guidance under ongoing review as it considers any easing of lockdown restrictions in the weeks ahead.

Full Scottish Government guidance can be found here.