Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been reported to the police after footage showed her breaching COVID-19 face mask rules.
A mobile phone video on social media showed Sturgeon without a mask during a visit to a barber shop in East Kilbride, south Lanarkshire as part of a local election campaign trail on April 16.
In the video, Sturgeon is seen speaking to customers and patting the head of a man sitting on a barber’s chair.
It is legally required to wear a face covering in most indoor public spaces, including hairdressers, shops, and public transportation, until April 18 when the law becomes guidance.
However, in another video on Sturgeon’s official Twitter account from the same event, she is seen wearing a face mask as she shaves a man’s beard, which she described as “surreal.”
A Police Scotland spokesperson confirmed that they received a complaint, which they are currently assessing.
A Scottish National Party spokesperson said that Sturgeon was invited to the barber shop during an outdoor visit.
“Within a few seconds, she realized she hadn’t put her mask back on and immediately put it on,” the spokesperson said.
Scottish Conservatives health spokesperson Dr. Sandesh Gulhane criticized Sturgeon, describing it as “blatant hypocrisy.”
“The video clearly shows Nicola Sturgeon isn’t practicing what she preaches on face masks. She’s happy virtue signaling for official photos but behind closed doors it’s clear she doesn’t believe in her own rules, so why should anyone else?” Gulhane said.
Voters will go to the polls in May to elect their local councils.
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