BORIS Johnson, members of the royal family and world leaders were pictured without face masks during a VIP COP26 event, in breach of Scottish guidance around Covid-19.
Heads of state and government gathered at the Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow on Monday night for an exclusive dinner guarded by hundreds of police and leading to roadblocks across the area.
Present at the event were Prince William and Kate, the Earl and Countess of Strathearn, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay, along with the British Prime Minister and leaders from around the world attending the climate summit, among others. . Scotland’s Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
They were seen without face masks at the event, despite the Scottish Government having clear rules that face clothing must be worn in all indoor venues, including museums, to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
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The Scottish Government’s guide on face clothing states that “by law, everyone aged 12 and over must wear a face covering, unless exempt, in most indoor public spaces”. This includes museums such as Kelvingrove.
Although there is no mandate to wear a face mask while sitting down to a meal, many of the world’s leaders were seen speaking closely without social distance before sitting down to the exclusive dinner.
Asked why Johnson did not wear a face mask at the event, a spokesman for the Prime Minister said: “The Prime Minister has followed the Covid-19 guidelines at COP26 throughout. Participants and delegates are not required to wear a face mask when sitting in in accordance with the COP26 guidelines. ”
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Certain areas of Glasgow have become UN territory for COP26, including the Scottish Events Campus (SEC), which will be under the control of UN officials until the end of the event in two weeks.
However, this does not extend to areas such as Kelvingrove, which means that the Scottish Government’s policy on facial clothing to protect against the spread of Covid-19 applies at the venue.
It is not clear why the mask mandate was not enforced at the event.
The Scottish Government has been contacted for comment.