Some local owners of shops and cafés are saying they are baffled by the new face covering restrictions which are due to start this week.

"We have been serving people without masks for weeks - now, as the risk of the coronavirus is receding, we have to wear them. This doesn't make sense," said one.

The official guidance can be seen here - https://twitter.com/scotgov/status/1280532028614602754?s=21

And retail trade union Usdaw says it has received numerous calls from concerned members after the Scottish Government announced that face coverings will be mandatory in shops from this Friday.

Usdaw officials met with Government ministers on Monday (July 6) to urge retention of the two-metre rule and seek assurances that shop workers will not have to enforce the wearing of face coverings.

Usdaw is now concerned that Government guidance has not yet been published - as of last night (July 7).

Stewart Forrest – Usdaw’s Scottish Divisional Officer says: “Our big concern is who enforces mandatory face coverings and we made that clear to the Scottish Government on Monday.

"Shop workers are worried that they will be expected to turn people away from the store because they do not have a face covering or it is not being worn properly. Incidents of abuse against shop workers have already doubled through the coronavirus emergency and this would be yet another flashpoint.

“Government guidance has not yet been published and that is a concern when we are so close to the new face coverings rule coming into force on Friday. We need assurances that the existing two-metre rule will be observed and enforced. In our experience retailers have taken the two-metre rule seriously and are complying, we see no reason why it should be relaxed.

“Safety in stores needs customer co-operation and we urge the public to respect staff and observe social distancing. At no time should abuse be a part of the job. Shopworkers deserve respect.”

Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK's fifth biggest trade union with over 400,000 members. Membership has increased by more than one-third over the last couple of decades. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.