In line with Scottish Government advice, staff and students:
- must wear a face covering in campus shops, libraries and study spaces unless a relevant exemption applies*;
- are expected to wear a face covering in areas of the School where it may be more difficult to achieve 2m distancing, such as corridors and toilet facilities, unless a relevant exemption applies*;
- may wear a face covering in School rooms, but it is not mandatory where 2m distancing is in place. All activities currently authorised to take place in School buildings are on the basis of 2m distancing being in place;
* Details of relevant exemptions can be found on the Scottish Government website. Those exempt under the guidance and regulations do not have to prove their exemption and should not be made to wear a face covering or be denied access [to public transport or shops]. We ask for people to be aware of the exemptions and to treat each other with kindness.
A face covering can be a covering of any type (except a face shield or visor) that covers the mouth and nose. It is recommended that it be made of cloth or other textiles and should be two, and preferably three layers thick, and through which you can breathe.
Religious face coverings that cover the mouth and the nose count as face coverings for these purposes. Transparent face coverings which assist communication for those who rely on lip reading and facial expressions can also be worn.
Read the BBC’s instructions on how to make cheap and effective masks.