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Western Isles police carrying out a routine licensed premises check at a Stornoway supermarket on the evening of Friday 22 October were made aware of a disturbance involving a man refusing to wear a mask in the store.

The 57-year-old man was in dispute with store staff, who were asking him to wear a mask within their licensed premises, when police intervened.

The man was charged with contravening the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 and was issued with a fixed penalty for anti-social behaviour.

The regulations, which came into force on 1 October, have been enforced for the first time across Scotland in the past few days.

They were laid before Parliament early in the current session when ministers said: “These regulations are made in response to the serious and imminent threat to public health which is posed by the incidence and spread of coronavirus in Scotland.”