Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgen urged the public to wear non-medical face- coverings in places where social distancing could be difficult, a move that surprised the United Kingdom (UK) government, according to a CNN report.

But Sturgen said this measure is not mandatory. Though face-covering will be imposed on public transport and in shops.

“The evidence on the use of face coverings is limited, but there may be some benefit in wearing a facial covering when you leave the house and enter enclosed spaces,” Sturgeon said on at a daily Scottish government briefing in Edinburgh.

The tension rose when Scotland made its decision on face-covering ahead of the UK government’s announcement to do so or not.

The four UK nations — England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — have largely taken a coordinated approach in dealing with coronavirus.

However, Scotland has its own legal system and has more devolved powers than the other nations have diverged from the UK approach at point.

This is not the first time Scotland has strayed away following the spread of coronavirus in the UK.

On 12 March, gatherings over 500 people were banned in Scotland, more than a week before restrictions were imposed in the rest of the UK.

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