LONDON (Reuters) – Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has urged people to start wearing a face mask indoors, such as public transport and shops, diverging for the time being from the official London council.
Sturgeon said that, although the evidence is limited, the use of face coverings can help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus by people who do not yet have symptoms.
"We recommend that you use a cloth cover if you are in an enclosed space with other people where social distance is difficult, for example, public transport or a store," said Sturgeon in his daily briefing.
"Let me emphasize the key point here, which is that you shouldn't really be in very frequent situations right now, if you are following the rules of staying at home."
British ministers are reviewing the advice given by scientific advisers, while assessing whether to follow people like New York City when ordering the use of masks in public to reduce the transmission of the virus. (Reporting by Kate Holton; Editing by Stephen Addison)